Defending Class 5A champion and fourth-ranked Shawnee got off to a solid start Friday, dropping host and No. 5 Bishop McGuinness by a 49-26 count in the season opener.
The Lady Wolves had three players in double figures, led by junior McKenzie Cooper with 19. Bailey Taylor added 14, and senior Micaela Yu supplied a dozen.
Yu led the team in rebounds with nine, and Taylor finished with seven.
“I think they kept their composure. It was a physical game,” said Shawnee head coach Wendi Wells. “They were able to keep their composure and find ways to score. I was pleased.”
McGuinness, who thwarted Shawnee’s attempt at a gold ball two years ago with an overtime win in the state semifinals, was held to single-digit scores in three of the four quarters Friday. The Lady Wolves held a commanding 14-5 lead after one quarter, and led 19-9 at halftime.
The score was 30-19 after three quarters, and Shawnee added a little more distance with a 19-7 flurry over the final eight minutes.
As a team, Shawnee was 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) from the free throw line. Cooper was 5-for-8 (62.5 percent), and Yu was 4-for-6 (66.7 percent).
Taylor was 3-for-5 from 3-point range.
Now 1-0, Shawnee will travel to No. 7 Piedmont Tuesday.
Shawnee’s boys were not as fortunate in their opener as No. 5 McGuinness broke away with 25 fourth-quarter points for a 52-26 win over the No. 17 Wolves.
Shawnee trailed just 20-12 at halftime, and just 27-18 after three quarters.
The Irish visited the free throw line 15 times in the last eight minutes of play, hitting eight of those attempts. They finished the contest at 13-for-24 (54.2 percent), while Shawnee was 5-for-9 (55.6 percent).
McGuinness also connected on three fourth-quarter treys.
SHS head coach Ron Arthur said “other than giving up 25 points in the fourth quarter,” he thought Shawnee’s defense performed well.
“Our offense is a mystery right now,” Arthur said. “We just have to find a way to score.”
The Wolves (0-1) will face No. 14 Piedmont on the road Tuesday.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.