TULSA — After Edmond Santa Fe fell to Tulsa Washington, 72-70, in the Class 6A semifinals Friday, Wolves coach Paul Bass leaned against the wall outside his team’s locker room and let out a sigh.
“It’s a loss we don’t see very often,” Bass said. “Trying to win three in a row is probably the hardest thing we’ve done since I’ve been here.”
The Wolves came into the tournament having won two straight championships and carrying a 77-2 record over the past three seasons.
But they couldn’t claim a third despite a mostly dominant regular season that seemingly had Santa Fe lined up for yet another title.
Instead, it’ll be Tulsa Washington playing for a championship for the first time since winning their second consecutive in 2009.
The Lady Hornets (26-2) will play Bixby at noon Saturday for the title.
Despite an up and down first three-and-a-half quarters, the Lady Wolves seemed poised to advance after leading by seven early in the fourth.
But Tulsa Washington, down four, reeled off 10 consecutive points to take the lead for what proved to be the final time.
“It was our defense,” Tulsa Washington’s Rachel Block said. “We kept up the pressure on them and it made a difference in the end.”