Shawnee’s Wolves secured their spot in the 2010-11 area tournament and improved to 15-8 Friday by way of a 52-44 Class 5A regional tournament elimination win over Capitol Hill at Bishop McGuinness High School.


Shawnee’s Wolves secured their spot in the 2010-11 area tournament and improved to 15-8 Friday by way of a 52-44 Class 5A regional tournament elimination win over Capitol Hill at Bishop McGuinness High School.
The close call was almost too close as Shawnee swapped the lead early, trailed by one after one quarter and shared a 33-all tie after three quarters. Capitol Hill even snatched the advantage twice down the stretch before finally succumbing.
“Capitol Hill is a well-coached team,” said Shawnee head coach Ron Arthur. “They really play hard and physical and our kids did a good job of adjusting to their game. We kept our composure.
“We’d like to have more free throws to put the game away, but we’ll take it. We live to play next week.”
Shawnee’s win Thursday guarantees the Wolves a berth in next week’s area tournament, but how they fare tonight opposite Bishop McGuinness will determine which side of the area tournament they come in on. The Wolves will face McGuinness, a 72-53 winner over Altus, at 7 p.m. today at Bishop McGuinness for the 5A regional crown, and a win pushes the Wolves into a one-win scenario for the state tournament. A loss forces the Wolves to win two area tournament games in order to move on.
Capitol Hill’s Redskins came out swinging Thursday, and a steal-and-fast-break bucket by D’Ante Williams put Capitol Hill on top only seconds into the contest. Shawnee answered with a Dillion Mooreland 3-pointer and a Dejoun Sanders jumper, but the brief 5-2 lead dwindled for the Wolves as the Redskins chiseled their way to a 14-13 advantage to start the second quarter.
The Wolves regained control at the 2:25 mark of the half courtesy of Grant Barrick, but it was still anybody’s game as Shawnee led by a faint two (23-21) at the break.
Sanders came away as the night’s top scorer with 18 points, including 12 in the second half. Terrence McDonald came off the bench and supplied 10 points for the Wolves, and Mooreland and DeWayne Clemons each added nine for the victors.
McDonald finished at 3-for-3 on foul shots, while Mooreland canned two of his four attempts. Sanders was 7-of-11. All total, Shawnee was 13-of-22 (59 percent) on charity tosses.
The Redskins knotted the score at 23 just 14 seconds into the second half, and they nipped at Shawnee’s heels throughout the third quarter before fashioning a 33-all deadlock to start the final eight minutes of play.
Capitol Hill led 35-33 with 7:50 left, and then led 37-36 a minute later.
Mooreland gave Shawnee the lead back for good, and that coupled with Sanders’ old-fashioned three-point play with 6:06 to go started a 16-7 run that gift-wrapped the Wolves’ first-round win.
Williams, who dropped in three shots from 3-point range, was Capitol Hill’s only double-digit player with 17 points. A dozen of those were scored in the first two quarters.
Aaron Brown led the Redskins at 3-of-4 on free throws as the team went 8-of-12 (66.7 percent).