They return leading scorer Tamara Lee and plenty of other players that helped boost Santa Fe to a 24-2 season.
Last year's state title team lost seven seniors, including four starters.
“You've got to go through losses here to get to where you want to get back to where we want to be,” Bass said. “There are a lot of girls in there that are hurting, but they'll remember what this is like.”
PARKER'S RETURN HELPS DEVERS SHINE
When Bixby star Stevi Parker went down with a stress fracture in her right foot in mid-January, virtually all of the attention from opposing defenses focused on Christina Devers.
Since Parkers' return for the playoffs, Devers has seen things open up offensively.
“Oh, it's helped me tremendously to have her back,” Devers said. “She's such an amazing player. When she was gone, we just knew we had to win enough to keep our seed. If we could stay there without her, we knew we'd be OK when she got back.”
Parker didn't have a great offensive day Friday in a 52-46 win over Tulsa Union, but she drew plenty of attention away from Devers, allowing the guard to score a game-high 31.
ROBERTS CAME UP CLUTCH FOR IRISH
Bishop McGuinness senior Greg Roberts' 3-pointer with 5:54 remaining gave his team its final lead in a semifinal win over Chickasha.
Roberts finished with nine points on two treys and three late fourth-quarter free throws that helped sealed the Irish's victory.
“When you're growing up, you just dream of stepping up to that free-throw line with the game on the line,” Roberts said.
The Irish didn't return any starters from last year's Class 5A championship team.
In fact, Love is the only current Irish player to have seen any minutes at all in last season's title-game win over Tulsa East Central.
“Greg is a guy that waited his turn,” said Irish coach Tondrell Durham. “If all players just wait their turn, work hard, they can be in Greg's position.
“He waited his turn, and I'm happy to see that he gets a chance to play for a state championship.”