For the third time this season, Shawnee has succeeded in undermining what — on paper — looked like a superior opponent.
Royalty was crowned Tuesday, and the unranked Wolves defended their home with a 75-59 win over Suburban Conference foe and Class 5A’s No. 15 Western Heights. It’s the Wolves third win over a ranked team, all of which have been opposite conference members.
“Offensively we were really good tonight,” said Shawnee head coach Ron Arthur.
Defensively, Arthur said, Shawnee shined in the second half by holding off a Jets rally.
“Western Heights is too good of a team to lose focus on,” he said. “But our guys did a good job of making plays and stretching the final margin.”
Once Western Heights fell behind 8-7 with 4:04 to play in the first quarter, the Jets never recovered. Shawnee stretched that into an 18-9 cushion to carry into the second quarter, and the Wolves led 35-18 to start the second half.
T.J. Blochowiak supplied nine of Shawnee’s 17 second-quarter points, including six via the old fashioned three-point play, and another three from the foul line.
Blochowiak was 5-for-6 on the game as the hosts finished at 11-for-14 (78.6 percent). The Jets were 12-for-18 (66.7 percent).
Down by 22 early in the third, the Jets matched the Wolves at 17 third-quarter points. Western Heights had the deficit cut to just seven points with 2:44 left play, but Shawnee went on a 9-0 run to close out the contest and improve to 7-11.
The Wolves are 3-2 in the Suburban Conference.
Blochowiak tallied 13 points as Shawnee’s reserves provided 26 of the total. Don Murphy chipped in with 11.
Shawnee’s Trey Maston led all scorers with 24, including 15 from 3-point range. Marquese Tramble finished with 10 points.
Three Western Heights players reached double digits, led by Tim Tullis at 19.
In the nightcap Tuesday, Class 5A’s top-ranked Lady Wolves got their 13th win in a row with a 65-17 bludgeoning of the Lady Jets.
Shawnee was never pressed after shaking off a slim 4-3 lead with 5:36 to go in the opening quarter. The Lady Wolves led 19-7 after the first quarter, 37-11 at halftime and 58-15 after three quarters.
Head coach Wendi Wells cleared her bench, and 10 Lady Wolves got in on the scoring. Starters Micaela Yu and Bailey Taylor notched 15 and 14, respectively, and Shawnee’s reserves added 20 points to the mix.
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Freshman Monique Tramble and junior McKenzie Cooper each netted nine as the Lady Wolves improved to 17-1 overall and 5-0 in the Suburban Conference.
Yu led Shawnee with five rebounds, and Kelsey Simmons and Tramble each pulled down four. Shaiann Tramble led in assists with six, and Taylor collected five steals.
“I’m excited we got all the kids in and everyone was able to contribute,” said Wells. “Monique Tramble came out with a lot of energy, and our starters came out ready to go.”
Shawnee heads to Ada Friday.