Edmond Santa Fe senior Tamara Lee said she was focusing on defense in the fourth quarter with the Wolves trailing against Putnam City North.
Somehow that focus resulted in a 16-point outburst that helped Santa Fe erase the deficit and beat the Panthers 49-42 on Tuesday.
“I was thinking about defense,” Lee said. “One stop at a time. I've never had a quarter like that.”
Lee finished with 34 points, seven shy of Courtney Walker's single-game record. She also hit six 3-pointers, which is two shy of the school record as well.
“We're never out of the game. Tamara Lee had a great game and it's just a learning experience, so we'll go on from there,” Santa Fe coach Paul Bass said.
The Wolves, ranked No. 2 in the coaches' poll, outscored the Panthers 20-4 over the final 6:20 of the game, and it was Lee who delivered the big shot. She nailed a 3-pointer with 1:45 remaining to take the lead for good.
And with the seeding for regionals approaching, this was a big win for Santa Fe as it looks to be the top seed in the west.
“We were in foul trouble and we got way behind,” Bass said. “We finally just realized that if we keep them in front of us and let them make mistakes, as long as we got it close, then it was free throws and making shots.”
Sidney Carolina scored 19 points for Putnam North, which forced 17 turnovers but committed 20.
“I think they got in our head,” Lee said. “I was just telling them, ‘Calm down, just calm down.'