High school boys basketball: Southmoore holds on to beat Edmond Santa Fe 51-45
MOORE – Steven Jackson swung a pass to J’Lynn Counter, who was wide open and ready to knock down a corner 3-pointer.
Counter, a senior at Southmoore, drained the shot against Edmond Santa Fe with 2:18 remaining, giving the Sabercats an eight-point lead and helping seal a 51-45 victory Tuesday night.
Southmoore (13-2), the top-ranked team in Class 6A, started strong against the Wolves.
Southmoore senior Jordan Thompson, who was honored before the game for surpassing 1,000 career points last week, made a jumper in the closing seconds of the first quarter to give the Sabercats an 18-9 lead.
Southmoore continued to control the game before the No. 15-ranked Wolves (9-8) made things interesting in the fourth.
Edmond Santa Fe got within five points before Counter’s 3-pointer swung the momentum back to the Sabercats.
Thompson led Southmoore with 16 points. The guard played an important role during the Sabercats’ impressive start, scoring 11 points in the first half.
“He’s kind of the engine that makes us run,” Southmoore coach Tim Stogsdill said.
Edmond Santa Fe has a big and athletic lineup that includes Talyn Shettron, who stars on the football team as a wide receiver.
The 6-foot-3 Shettron, who has received offers to play football from a bevy of schools – including Oklahoma and Oklahoma State – finished with 13 points. Donovan Vickers led Edmond Santa Fe with 14 points.
“We knew this was going to be a tough one coming in,” Stogsdill said. “We knew Santa Fe was very athletic, and they’re going to be scary come playoff time.”