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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Wolves, Lady Wolves sweep ranked El Reno squads

  • Class 5A’s top-ranked Shawnee girls snagged an easy win Tuesday night, throttling No. 18 El Reno 60-29, while the Shawnee boys pulled out a 49-40 win over No. 10 El Reno.
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  • Class 5A’s top-ranked Shawnee, playing for the first time since before Christmas, wasn’t pressed Tuesday night in throttling No. 18 El Reno 60-29.
     
    Coach Wendi Wells’ squad, improving to 9-1, led 24-12 at the intermission and 37-19 after three quarters.
     
    “We played a little rusty,” Wells said. “We were a little out of control at the start. In the second half, we were able to pull away. We just had to slow down and run our offense.”
     
    Sophomore Bailey Taylor fueled SHS offensively with a 20-point outing that included a 6-of-8 marksmanship from 3-point range.
     
    McKenzie Cooper added 17 points, including one trey, and Micaela Yu finished with 11 points.
     
    Eight Lady Wolves got in the scoring column.
     
    Shawnee was 7-of-13 from beyond the 3-point line. Cooper went 6-of-7 from the charity line.
     
    Yu was the team’s top rebounder with seven. Taylor chalked up six and Monique Tramble came through with five.
     
    Shawnee will challenge Ponca City at 4 p.m. Thursday in opening-round play of the Ada Tournament.
     
    Shawnee’s boys out-scored El Reno 21-12 in the fourth quarter to forge a 49-40 triumph.
     
    In capturing its second straight victory, Shawnee received 13 points from Luke Laster and 12 points from Don Murphy. Laster posted eight fourth-quarter points on two 2-point field goals, a 3-point field goal and one free throw. Murphy added seven points over the final eight minutes.
     
    “The kids worked really hard during the Christmas break and their effort paid off,” Shawnee assistant coach Darin Greene said.
     
    Shawnee, 3-7, was 7-of-16 from the free-throw line. No. 10 El Reno was 5-of-9.
     
    Shawnee will launch Ada Tournament play at 11:30 a.m. Thursday against Choctaw.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.
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