TULSA — After a year’s absence, the Edmond Santa Fe girls are back in the Class 6A state championship game.
The Wolves routed Muskogee 61-33 Friday morning inside the Mabee Center to earn a spot in Saturday’s state title game against No. 1 Broken Arrow.
Edmond Santa Fe won two consecutive Class 6A state championships in 2011 and 2012 with superstar guard Courtney Walker, who is now a Texas A&M sophomore and the Aggies’ leading scorer.
Last year, though, Tulsa Washington beat the Wolves 72-70 to the Class 6A semifinals, ending their run of state titles.
“Three times in four years is pretty exciting,” said Edmond Santa Fe coach Paul Bass. “They were so focused this year to get back. Everything we did was about each game. We didn’t celebrate; we did nothing except one at a time.”
Broken Arrow handed Edmond Santa Fe its only loss of this season in January. Since that game, the Wolves have strung together 16 consecutive victories.
“We have one mission, and that’s to get that loss that we have back,” Bass said. “These girls are pumped up for (Broken Arrow).”
Friday, Edmond Santa Fe led Muskogee 9-7 after the first quarter, but opened the second quarter on a 13-0 run and took a 28-12 lead into halftime. The Roughers could never recover from the poor second frame, and the Wolves continued to build their lead through the third.
Senior guard Tamara Lee, a University of Denver signee, led Edmond Santa Fe (26-1) with 23 points.
“It feels good,” Lee said of returning to the state title game. “We know everyone wants Broken Arrow to win, so we use that as motivation.”
Muskogee (23-5) was led by sophomore Aaliyah Wilson’s 14 points.