With a playoff atmosphere buzzing throughout the Mustang gym most of the evening Friday, and both teams pushing the pace, Edmond Santa Fe coach Lenny Hatchett was happy to see his team pull out the 72-68 victory over fifth-ranked Mustang.
The No. 7 Wolves got 17 points from junior Curran Scott, who overcame early foul trouble, while sophomore Tre Evans added 16 and junior Daron Mims had 13.
Though playoff seeding has already been voted on, Hatchett has tried to remind his players that they're still in the hunt for the Metro Conference title.
“We've been trying to really reinforce that in our kids' heads,” Hatchett said. “That's one of our goals that we want to go for, and this was a big game we wanted to come over here and win.”
A back-and-forth game through the first half, Santa Fe took control with an 11-0 run early in the third quarter for a 50-36 lead. Mustang fought back within four in the final minutes, but couldn't get any closer.
Austin Meyer had 13 points for the Broncos, and DeMarion Love added 12.
Play had to be stopped for about 45 minutes when Mustang freshman cheerleader Kailee James was injured while performing during a timeout. She landed awkwardly on her head and remained facedown on the court as Mustang administrators tended to her and waited for medical personnel to arrive.
James had movement in all of her limbs, but was put onto a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the hospital as a precaution.
What had been a rowdy gym went silent when the other Mustang cheerleaders joined hands in a circle to pray for James, who received a number of well-wishes from everyone in attendance.
“Our prayers are with that young lady,” Hatchett said. “I hope everything goes well with her.”
WESTMOORE RALLIES PAST DEL CITY IN OT
Hunter Glover has made big shots before. He's missed some, too.
The Westmoore senior did both against Del City, but his makes proved pivotal in helping the Jaguars erase a 16-point deficit in a 69-66 overtime victory.
“They were difficult, but I tried to stay relaxed at the end of the game,” said Hunter, who scored eight points in the final 3:37 to force the extra period.
“I trusted my teammates to get me open and that's when it mattered.”
Hunter's three free throws with 41.5 seconds remaining tied the game at 55-all but he missed the game-winning 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
He then hit a trey in overtime with just more than two minutes remaining for a 63-58 lead before fouling out with 1:12 left.
“It was really stressful, but I had to trust in (my teammates),” Glover said about fouling out. “I knew they could do it.”
Teammate Tripp Fuller scored six of his 22 points in overtime. Glover finished with 12 points.
Del City's Xavier Hunter scored 28 points, including all seven of the Eagles' fourth-quarter points. Brett Cannon added 21 points despite dealing with foul trouble the majority of the game and fouling out with 3:47 left in the fourth.
DOUGLASS DOWNS MILLWOOD
In the clash of the All-City Conference's premier boys basketball programs, Douglass took the season series with its second win over Millwood, 72-49.
The first two meetings were each decided by five points or fewer, with each team winning once. But behind Isaiah Shaputis' 28 points, Douglass routed the Falcons in the final matchup.
Anthony Wilson added 16 points for the Trojans, who took control in the second quarter, allowing only two Millwood points for a 35-14 halftime lead.
Mike Mays led Millwood with 19 points.
Torey Noel had 23 points and Cedric Fair had 21 as second-ranked Midwest City improved to 15-1 with a 76-51 win over Norman. ... Top-ranked Putnam City West got 23 from Omega Harris in a 90-62 win over PC North. ... Carson Teel had 20 points in Stillwater's 62-58 win over Bartlesville. ... Deer Creek's Connor Avants scored 24 in a 62-53 win over McAlester. ... Malik Foxx had 22 points as John Marshall nipped Northwest Classen 56-54. ... Jeremiah Gibson scored 24 points for Oklahoma Christian as the Saints snapped Christian Heritage's 15-game win streak, 48-42. ... Three Kingfisher players had at least 17 points in a 60-51 win over Cushing.