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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Wolves drop another nail-biter

  • For the third time in as many games — and for the fourth time on the season — Shawnee’s Wolves lost by four or fewer points as Class 4A Ada came out on top of a 55-51 nail-biter Tuesday night at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
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  • For the third time in as many games — and for the fourth time on the season — Shawnee’s Wolves lost by four or fewer points as Class 4A Ada came out on top of a 55-51 nail-biter Tuesday night at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
     
    The largest margin of the game was only six points.
     
    “We’ve got to get where we’re not making little bitty mistakes with the ball,” said SHS head coach Ron Arthur. “Turnovers are never good, but we’re making them at the worst time.”
     
    Shawnee led the Cougars 14-13 after one quarter, and the teams were tied at 28 at halftime and 38 after three quarters. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Ada was able to get any real distance on the Wolves. The Cougars went up 40-38 to start the fourth, and didn’t lead by any more than four points until Cory Kilby put them up by six (50-44) with 2:03 left to play.
     
    Ada led by six once more with 59.1 ticks left, and Shawnee went on a 5-3 run from there to cut the lead to its final four-point spread.
     
    The Wolves, now 1-7 and previously ranked 19th in Class 5A, have one more game before the Christmas break. Suburban Conference nemesis and 14th-ranked Guthrie will invade the SHS Performing Arts and Athletic Center Friday night.
     
    Arthur said the team will then redirect its focus when it resumes the second half of the season.
     
    “We’re going to go back and focus on getting mental and physical toughness,” he said. “Because right now we’re not mentally tough enough. We’re immature.
     
    “And when you’re as undersized as we are, you can’t afford to break down mentally, because every team we play is good and every team is going to take advantage of our mental mistakes.”
     
    Trey Maston, with three 3-point field goals, finished as the Wolves’ leading scorer Tuesday with 20 points. Theo Berry added 16, and Don Murphy chipped in with six.
     
    The Wolves hit 62.5 percent (5-for-8) of their charity tosses, while the Cougars were 8-for-15 for 53.3 percent. John Stout led Ada in that category at 7-for-8.
    Kilby notched 24 points for high-scoring honors, and Stout ended the night with 15. David Forbes provided eight for the Cougars.
     
    Page 2 of 2 - Friday’s tipoff between Shawnee and Guthrie is slated for 8 p.m.

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