Shawnee's Lady Wolves ran their season series record against McGuinness to 2-0 Tuesday with a 54-34 drubbing of the Lady Irish at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center. The Lady Wolves opened the 2012-13 campaign at McGuinness, recording a 49-26 win in that outing.
Two years ago, it was Bishop McGuinness that had the last word on Shawnee as the Lady Irish eliminated the Lady Wolves from the 2011-12 race for the Class 5A state title.
Times have changed.
Now the top-ranked 5A team for the second year in a row, as well as the defending champion, Shawnee ran its season series record against McGuinness to 2-0 Tuesday with a 54-34 drubbing of the Lady Irish at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center. The Lady Wolves opened the 2012-13 campaign at McGuinness, recording a 49-26 win in that outing.
Shawnee was in charge of Tuesday's bout from the initial tip, racing out to a 10-0 lead before finishing the first quarter with an 18-6 advantage. The visitors never got closer than 10 points from there, and were in a 15-point (25-10) rut at halftime.
Shawnee stretched the lead to 22 points (42-20) by the end of three quarters, thanks in large part to 12 points from junior McKenzie Cooper. Cooper dropped in 11 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 24 points, including a 12-for-14 effort at the free throw line.
She went 6-for-6 on charities in the third quarter.
"McKenzie came up really big tonight," said SHS head coach Wendi Wells, whose Lady Wolves are now 13-1.
Senior Micaela Yu fueled an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter that put Shawnee up by its largest margin of the night (31). Wells substituted liberally over the final eight minutes of play, and McGuinness got the last 11 points of the night against SHS reserves.
"These kids come in day in and day out, and they deserve that chance to play," Wells said of her substitutes.
Shaiann Tramble finished the night with 13 points for Shawnee, and Yu came away with nine. Cooper and Monique Tramble led the Lady Wolves with seven rebounds each, and Yu and Shaiann Tramble pulled down five and four, respectively. Shaiann Tramble was 5-for-6 on free throws in the fourth quarter, and was 7-for-8 for the game.
"She, for us, is a big contributor," Wells said of Shaiann, a sophomore. "She's a great defender, and is able to step up and hit the open trey. She's done a great job this season."
Shaiann hit one 3-point field goal apiece in the first and second quarters.
Wells also praised Yu's efforts.
"It seems like every night she finds a way to get it done," she said.
"I thought we started off really well, then went through an offensive lull," Wells said of Tuesday's game. "But we were able to pick it back up in the second half. We knew they were going to be physical."
Gabby Grubb led McGuinness with 14 points, and teammate Torie Shanbour added a baker's dozen. The Lady Irish were 4-for-10 (40 percent) on free throws, while Shawnee locked in on 24 of 30 attempts for 80 percent.
Shawnee is idle now until hosting the Arvest Bank/Sehorn Yamaha Shawnee Invitational Jan. 24-26. Wells plans to take full advantage of the time off.
"It gives up time to work on some stuff, and get our legs back under us, and to work on our efficiency and minimizing the lulls we go through offensively and defensively," she said.
Note: The Lady Wolves are undefeated versus Class 5A teams this season. Their only loss came in the title game of the Bixby Tournament on Dec. 8 against the host Lady Spartans, who are currently ranked second in Class 6A.