By: Nicholas Diaz, Jackson Reyes, Josiah Caswell
The Santa Fe women’s basketball team took care of business Tuesday night, getting back on track after a loss to Gulf Coast State College. They won convincingly, earning their third win of the year and second this season over Tallahassee Community College.
Santa Fe came out of the gates rolling to the defensive end of the ball, holding the TCC to just 10 points in the first quarter. The Eagles failed to shoot the ball effectively in this game and finished with a 28% field goal percentage. The Saints finished the first quarter up 20-10 and never looked back.
The Eagles gathered energy in the second quarter, playing blocked defense and seemingly controlling the pace of the game. TCC’s ability to tie and hit free throws got them back in the game, getting six points midway through the quarter. However, their struggles the ball rolling continued, allowing the Saints to maintain the lead. Santa Fe weathered a burst of energy from the Eagles, ending the half with a 40-28 lead.
Santa Fe came out of the burning locker room to start the second half, extending the lead to 19 as the third began. They dominated the glass grabbing 26 offensive rebounds, helping them defeat the Eagles. Every chance TCC got to come back in this game was met with another second chance for Santa Fe.
The Saints clicked on both offense and defense, ending the third quarter up 55-40. The fourth quarter wasn’t much different, as the lead grew to 23 points. Santa Fe head coach Chanda Stebbins was able to try out some new rotations towards the end of this one, giving everyone a chance to play. Santa Fe had an easy win, finishing the game with a score of 76-60.
On the scoring side, Santa Fe was led by guard Joey Delancy, who finished the game with 19 points on 8-15 shooting. Three players scored in double figures plus a 17-point boost off the bench.
Guard Selah Reddick finished the game with the most rebounds for the Saints, finishing with 14 total boards. He is averaging 8.8 rebounds per game on the season as he continued his dominance on the glass Tuesday night. Close behind her was guard Malea Brown with 13 total rebounds. The Saints took 60 boards overnight, well above their 46.3 average.
Santa Fe forward Trinity Youngblood and guard Malea Brown led the team in assists, both finishing with five a piece. The Saints repeatedly found the player open and as a result dished out 19 assists, eight more than their average of 11 on the season. This was a balanced attack by the Saints and resulted in their dominating performance.
With the win, the Saints move to 3-2 on the year and look to build momentum into their next game, against Miami Dade College. Santa Fe faces the Sharks on Friday as the team hopes to go 4-2.