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Girls basketball: Edmond Santa Fe routs Choctaw

by Jacob Unruh Published: February 18, 2014
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Edmond Santa Fe has found its lockdown defender.

And with Choctaw freshman Ana Llanusa scoring almost at will in the first half Tuesday night, the Wolves needed an answer.

Santa Fe coach Paul Bass looked to sophomore Aahliyah Jackson to slow down Llanusa in the third quarter, and it worked brilliantly.

The second-ranked Wolves turned a 25-23 halftime deficit into a 65-45 rout of the fifth-ranked Yellowjackets.

“She was scoring left and right, so I was like, ‘Coach, let me guard her. I can do it,'” the 5-foot-10 Jackson said. “So they put me on her, and I took her out.”

Llanusa scored 26 points, 13 in each half, but her second-half points came in a much more sporadic time frame than in the first half for Choctaw (17-5).

It took her nearly two minutes to score in the second half, and then she was held scoreless until 1:21 remained in the third quarter after Jackson had gone to the bench. Santa Fe led 42-31 at that point.

“We decided to put a bigger guard on her,” Bass said. “It's a little bit different when you've got a bigger, stronger person on you and more physical. (Jackson) frustrated her to death on that.”

Jackson finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while senior Tamara Lee scored 27.

It was Lee's two quick 3-pointers to open the third that gave the Wolves (17-1) confidence and the lead for good.

MIDWEST CITY HOLDS OFF NORMAN NORTH

Looking to take control early, Midwest City did just that by building a 34-23 halftime lead against Norman North.

It was the second half that got interesting for the fourth-ranked Bombers, as they held off a furious charge by the seventh-ranked Timberwolves for a 55-50 victory.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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