Losing to Broken Arrow last Saturday was a wake-up call for Edmond Santa Fe.
Not only was it the Wolves' first loss of the season, but it also knocked them from No. 1 in Class 6A to No. 2.
Friday night, Santa Fe looked like the top team in the class, dominating No. 5 Choctaw in nearly every facet en route to a 59-40 victory.
“We just wanted to come out here and show them that we're better,” senior Tamara Lee said.
From the opening tip, it was just that for the Wolves.
They jumped to a 9-2 lead with five minutes left in the first and led by as many as 14 points in the first half, thanks in large part to a suffocating defense and a strong post presence with Aaliyah Jackson, Alexis Cooper, Alaina Cooper and Andrea Cooper. They combined for 28 points and 26 rebounds.
“When we're shooting 3s, we're a tough draw,” Santa Fe coach Paul Bass said. “Then you've got the inside game.”
Lee, who has signed with the University of Denver, led all scorers with 14 points, seven in each half. Jackson finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Summer Jones added 12 points.
Choctaw, meanwhile, turned the ball over 21 times, never finding a rhythm offensively against Santa Fe's stingy man-to-man defense and a new-look zone.
The Wolves also held Choctaw freshman Ana Llanusa to just 11 points and four rebounds.
“(She) is a young freshman and she's going to be a star, but sometimes you've got to try to allow her not to shoot as much,” Bass said.
And for Bass, he was just happy to see his team perform like he knows it can heading into matchups with Putnam City and Putnam City North next week.
“This is our first big-time away game and we're playing the No. 5 team in the state and we beat them by 19,” he said. “That's pretty impressive right there.”
MIDWEST CITY EDGES NORMAN NORTH
Locked in a tight battle all game, Midwest City senior Kara Partridge became the hero.
Partridge made the game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds remaining to lift the ninth-ranked Bombers past No. 3 Norman North 48-45.
“It was just an awesome game to tell you the truth,” Midwest City coach Art Bode said. “It's just another step.”
Partridge finished with nine points for the Bombers (7-1).
Norman North led by seven twice, but each time Midwest City closed the gap.
Jasauen Beard, an Oral Roberts signee, finished with 15 points, while Asia Davis added 13.
Norman North was led by senior Bri Kuestersteffen, who scored 21 points. She attempted to tie the game with a 3-point attempt, but failed to get the shot off before the buzzer.
YUKON RALLIES PAST PC NORTH
Trailing by one entering the fourth, No. 11 Yukon used a late surge to edge No. 13 Putnam City North 56-51.
Yukon led 25-19 at halftime, but the Panthers outscored the Millers 18-11 in the third to take the small lead.
Audrey Hayes scored 18 points for the Millers, while Maci Exum added 13.
Nikylia Carter led Putnam City North with 16 points.
NEWCASTLE JUMPS ALL OVER BETHANY
A strong first half was all No. 18 Newcastle needed to beat No. 15 Bethany 57-45.
The Racers jumped to an 18-8 lead after one quarter and 35-22 lead at the half.
Corbi Parasich led Newcastle with 19 points, while senior Sara Hamilton added 14.
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