A see-saw first half gave way to an avalanche of action down the stretch, and Class 5A’s third-ranked Shawnee moved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Suburban Conference with a 65-51 drubbing of No. 2 Deer Creek in the Lady Wolves’ home opener Tuesday.
A see-saw first half gave way to an avalanche of action down the stretch, and Class 5A’s third-ranked Shawnee moved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Suburban Conference with a 65-51 drubbing of No. 2 Deer Creek in the Lady Wolves’ home opener Tuesday. The Lady Antlers took advantage of some early cold shooting on the hosts’ part, leading 13-5 after the first stanza. Shawnee was able to up the ante in the second quarter, thanks in part to eight uncontested points from sophomore Bailey Taylor. Taylor notched three shots from 3-point range during the course of the game, and two of those were in her tirade that spanned a minute and five seconds. The home team picked up three more points behind Taylor for an 11-0 run, and the Lady Wolves squeezed out a 23-22 lead to take into the second half. Taylor hit her final trey in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 13 points. Junior McKenzie Cooper netted five of her eight first-half points in the second quarter, and she came away with 14 on the night. Shawnee roared to life in the second half, and the catalyst was senior Micaela Yu. After not scoring in the opening half, Yu went on a rampage that included 14 of Shawnee’s 20 third-quarter points. She added 10 more over the final eight minutes of play to finish with a game-high 24 points. “The nerves got to us. We were excited to be playing at home,” SHS head coach Wendi Wells said. “We finally took over the game. (Yu) took over the game, Bailey made some big shots and McKenzie took some big charges.” Wells credited sophomore Shaiann Tramble with stellar work on defense. “Shaiann played really well defensively, and in running the team,” Wells said. Tramble, who finished with four points, joined Yu with one trey apiece. Monique Tramble finished with six points. Three Lady Antlers reached double figures, led by Alexa Adair’s 19. The Lady Wolves finished at 8-for-12 (66.7 percent) on foul shots. Deer Creek went 13-for-15 for 86.7 percent. Shawnee will take on Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber High School at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Tulsa Union High School.