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Class 6A girls: Edmond Santa Fe outlasts Putnam City North

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer Modified: March 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm •  Published: March 11, 2010

CATOOSA — The Edmond Santa Fe girls basketball team has wanted a crack at Midwest City all season.

The Wolves are going to get their chance.

Sparked by another brilliant outing by sophomore Courtney Walker and a huge game from senior Sophia Mahmoodjanloo, Santa Fe outlasted Putnam City North 58-54 in a Class 6A girls quarterfinal on Thursday night at Catoosa High.

Santa Fe plays the top-ranked Bombers on Friday at 9 p.m. at the Mabee Center.

Mahmoodjanloo has been a spot-starter, sharing time with Tori Lanier all season, but on a day where nerves were plentiful, she was the calmest person on the court.

She scored eight points in the first quarter as Santa Fe ran out to an 18-5 lead after the first.

"That may have been the best game in her four years here," coach Paul Bass said. "She played within herself and came up huge."

The Wolves were up 53-42 midway through the fourth quarter when the Panthers made a huge run despite missing star Joh'Vonna Mitchell.

Mitchell injured her right knee midway through the fourth, but PC North worked the margin down to 56-54.

However, Daisha Gonzaque hit a pair of free throws for the Wolves, and the Panthers never had a chance to take the lead.

"For how young we are, I can't tell you how proud I am. To make the final four with this group and after what we've been through is sensational," Bass said.

Walker led Santa Fe with 18 points, while Mitchell had 18 for the Panthers. Cheniqwa Banks added 15 for PC North.

Mitchell spurred a late-season run that put PC North in the state tournament despite having double-digit losses. The Panthers end at 16-11.

High school basketball tournament coverage sponsored by United Supermarkets.


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