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Lee follows in Walker's footsteps at Edmond Santa Fe

Big All-City Player of the Year Tamara Lee learned from past teammate and Texas A&M star Courtney Walker
by Jacob Unruh Published: April 7, 2014


photo - Edmond Santa Fe's Tamara Lee is defended by Broken Arrow's Alexis Gaulden during the Class 6A championship game last month. 
                  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Edmond Santa Fe's Tamara Lee is defended by Broken Arrow's Alexis Gaulden during the Class 6A championship game last month. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

On a normal team, Tamara Lee would have started as a freshman.

Edmond Santa Fe — that year — was far from a normal team with players such as star Courtney Walker leading the way.

Lee, instead, was relegated to a part-time role. But she always watched Walker, and always learned from her.

Four years later, that paid off as Lee turned into the star and leader of the Wolves. She followed in Walker’s footsteps by earning The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Player of the Year honor.

“Freshman and sophomore year, if I was down, she would pick me back up,” Lee said. “So I try to teach my teammates if they’re down. I would go over to them and pat their shoulder and say, ‘It’s going to be OK,’ or stuff like that. I try to be a better teammate like how Courtney raised me.”

Walker, who is now a star at Texas A&M, was the Super 5 Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, Lee’s freshman and sophomore seasons.

Before each game, Walker and Lee would battle one-on-one in warmups, improving their attacking ability to the hoop and ballhandling. It also passed some nervous energy.

“I think she picked up that edge,” Santa Fe coach Paul Bass said of Lee. “You’ve got to have a player like that on your team. I think that tenacity of working hard and we’re not going to lose, I think that’s what she got from her.”

Lee blossomed this season offensively, averaging 16.1 points per game and improving her 3-point shooting from 24 percent as a junior to 34 percent to lead the Wolves to a Class 6A runner-up finish.

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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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