Santa Fe Women Win, Men See Season Come to an End
Gainesville, FL – The Santa Fe Saints had the ball with the score tied against the College of Central Florida in the finals of the MFC Tournament and a chance to take the last shot, but an errant pass sailed over Morris Marshall’s head and CF corralled it and scored the go ahead and eventual winning basket, ending the Saints season in heartbreaking fashion.
Morris Marshall was unstoppable for Santa Fe (22-9), and nearly single handedly propelled the Saints to the post season. He scored a career high 33 points on 11-of-19 shooting, 23 coming in the first half.
“Morris was phenomenal for us tonight,” Coach Chris Mowry said after the game. “The rest of the guys battled hard but just struggled a little bit to score.”
Santa Fe trailed by as many as 12 in the first period, but fought back behind the three point sharp shooting of Marshall to close it to 41-39 at the half.
Jon Hood opened the second half with a three pointer to give SF their first lead of the game. The contest was back and forth until a late run by CF put the Patriots up by six with just over two minutes left.
Santa Fe continued to plug away and a put back dunk by Andre Horne tied the game up at 65-65 with under a minute to play.
The Saints stole the ball on the ensuing possession and had the ball with the shot clock off and an inbounds pass underneath their own basket. The play was drawn up to pass the ball to Marshall in the back court and have him take the last shot, but it got away from the inbounder and Raheem Suarez for CF stole the ball away and went coast to coast, making the bucket and drawing the foul. He missed the free throw, giving the Saints new life.
SF worked the ball around and found Salim Gloyd for an open look. The ball looked good out of his hand, but rattled around the rim and popped out. Rodell Wigginton gathered the rebound and was fouled. He hit both free throws to ice the game and help CF move on to their ninth straight State Tournament appearance.
Central Florida dominated the glass, outrebounding the Saints 51-32 and 20-8 on the offensive end.
Gainesville, FL – The Santa Fe Saints used defense and timely scoring to squeak out a 56-53 victory over rivals College of Central Florida Tuesday afternoon, securing a spot in the FCSAA State Tournament March 6-8 in Ocala, FL.
Balanced scoring was the name of the game for SF (10-19, 5-9 MFC) , who had five players score seven or more points. Leading the way was Brenique Garment who scored 11 points to go with eight rebounds in just 17 minutes of action. Areana Davis had a solid game as well, finishing with eight points and 11 rebounds.
“Our post players did a nice job tonight rebounding and playing defense,” said SF Coach Chanda Stebbins.
Santa Fe was aggressive in the first half, scoring a majority of their points in the paint. They held CF to just 30% shooting and turned the ball over just once in route to a 31-24 halftime lead.
Central Florida fought back in the second half to close it to 41-39 with 9:10 remaining, but the Saints answered with a floater from Stephanie Ball and a three pointer by Desa’Rai Shaw to push the lead back to seven.
The Patriots kept it close and three point shot by Kai Jones with just over a minute left made it a 55-53 game.
Shaw made one of two free throws with eight seconds left and CF used six seconds getting the ball past half court before coach Tommy Jones called a time out. With two seconds left Kai Jones threw it inbounds and the pass came right back to her but her attempt to tie the game missed to the left, securing the victory for SF.
Shaw finished with nine points for SF, Stephanie Ball pitched in nine as well, Jaquasha Sesler had seven points and seven rebounds, and Denae James had six points.
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