Girls basketball roundup: Edmond Santa Fe dominates Choctaw

Friday night, Edmond 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.
by Jacob Unruh Published: January 17, 2014
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photo - Del City girls high school guard Alaisha Castleberry drives to the basket in a game against Edmond Memorial on Jan. 17, 2014 at Edmond Memorial High School. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman
Del City girls high school guard Alaisha Castleberry drives to the basket in a game against Edmond Memorial on Jan. 17, 2014 at Edmond Memorial High School. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman

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.”


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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