Lockdown defense nearly led to a scoreless quarter.
The Edmond Santa Fe girls’ basketball team ran away with a dominant 53-16 win against Southmoore in Edmond on Friday night behind a stellar defensive performance.
Southmoore (2-11) scored 1 point in the fourth quarter as the Lady Wolves’ full court press and half court defense might as well have been a brick wall.
Santa Fe (8-9) started slow but dominated after the first quarter.
Santa Fe coach Casi Bays said the Lady Wolves responded well after the slow start.
“After a couple of time outs, we turned the notch up a level,” Bays said. “Got locked in and did a great job of finishing the basketball game.”
Santa Fe did not lead until the final shot of the first quarter. Junior Maggie Rasmussen hit a shot to give the Lady Wolves an 8-6 advantage. Santa Fe led the rest of the game.
Southmoore scored 4 points in the second half as Santa Fe’s defense continued to improve throughout the night. The Sabercats’ only point of the fourth came from a free throw with 1:10 left.
Sophomore Jayda Holiman led all scorers with 16 points, followed by senior Kashell Daughty with 11.
Holiman said the Lady Wolves had to keep pushing, even with a big lead.
“You just got to keep up your defense,” Holiman said. “Keep talking, keep moving. Defense wins games, as always.”
After scoring 8 in the first quarter, the Lady Wolves scored 19 in the second. Bays said she though Santa Fe went into cruise control a bit afterward, but the defense did more than enough to continue growing the lead.
Bays said the Lady Wolves can gain a lot of confidence from their performance.
“One, you got the (win),” Bays said. “It doesn’t really matter how much you won by. Right now, Brooklyn Long’s out. She’s usually one of our main offensive threats, and right now, I think we had some people like Kashell Daughty and Jayda Holiman, Jerney Bennett stepped up, and Taryn Crawford came in and did a great job. I think we had some people that hadn’t been scoring (that) stepped up and scored… I’m proud of how we responded.”