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Class 6A girls: Courtney Walker lifts Edmond Santa Fe to title

Alie Decker scores 14 points for Edmond Memorial in title game loss
by Jason Kersey Modified: March 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm •  Published: March 10, 2012

/articleid/3656716/1/pictures/1664620">Photo - The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves pose for a photo with the gold ball championship trophy after the Class 6A girls high school basketball state tournament championship game between Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond Memorial at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, March 10, 2012. Santa Fe won, 44-41. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves pose for a photo with the gold ball championship trophy after the Class 6A girls high school basketball state tournament championship game between Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond Memorial at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, March 10, 2012. Santa Fe won, 44-41. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“We needed to make a push early,” Walker said of the third quarter, during which she scored 11 points. “We really focused on coming out of the locker room ready to go.”

Edmond Memorial didn’t go away, though. The Bulldogs lost their previous two games to Edmond Santa Fe this season by 26 and 15 points.

“They were not going to let that happen today,” Edmond Memorial coach Dandy Peeler said of her team.

“It’s tough to get beat in a state championship game, especially by your crosstown rival, but it says a lot about our seniors, especially, that we were able to get here.”

On that final play, Edmond Santa Fe’s goal was to keep the ball out of Decker’s hands.

“We knew (Decker) was gonna have the ball at the end,” Bass said. “We tried our best to keep her from getting it, but she got it.”

It’s fitting that she did.

“(Decker) is the top player on their team, and Courtney’s the top player on our team,” said Santa Fe senior Daisha Gonzaque. “They’re two of the best in the state.

“For them to go head to head at the end ... that was crazy.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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