McKenzie Cooper out-scored Noble on her own Tuesday, striking for a game-high 31 points as Class 5A’s top-ranked Shawnee blistered the Lady Bears 58-25.
Cooper, a junior, just missed coming away with a double-double as she led the Lady Wolves with nine rebounds.
Shawnee’s narrow 10-8 first-quarter lead didn’t grow by much as the Lady Wolves went into the break with a 22-19 advantage. It was the second half that made the difference.
Shawnee’s defensive presence increased over the third and fourth quarters as Noble was out-gunned 36-6.
“We started off really sluggish, but in the second half we picked up our defensive intensity,” said Shawnee coach Wendi Wells.
Shaiann Tramble led the Lady Wolves in steals with five, and she also finished with three assists.
Tyann Maytubby and Micaela Yu netted nine points apiece, while Kelsey Simmons finished with seven, and Yu grabbed five rebounds and had a team-high five assists.
Simmons and Monique Tramble each finished with four steals.
The Lady Wolves were 20-for-53 (37.7 percent) from the field, including 5-for-15 from 3-point range. Shawnee made the most of its foul shots, hitting 13 of 15 (86.7 percent) attempts. Cooper was 6-for-6 on charities, and Simmons was 3-for-3.
Now 21-1, Shawnee will end the regular season with a trip to Suburban Conference member Chickasha Friday. The Lady Wolves are undefeated in the conference.
This is the third consecutive season where the Lady Wolves have picked up 20 or more regular-season victories.
Shawnee’s boys followed up the girls’ success with their own victory, a 55-45 decision over the No. 13 Bears — their fourth win over a ranked opponent this season.
Trey Maston scored 16 points, including two clutch 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to lead the Wolves.
The Bears took a 33-32 lead into the fourth quarter, but Maston’s scoring spurt and solid free throw shooting helped the Wolves take the lead for good.
“We turned the pressure up on defense, got steals, transition baskets and got our rebounds,” SHS head coach Ron Arthur said of his team’s fourth-quarter turnaround.
“We came out flat in the second half, and we gave up some baskets we don’t normally give up,” Arthur said.
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Shawnee took a 26-20 lead into the locker room but a 13-6 Noble run in the third quarter gave the Bears the lead after 24 minutes.
The Wolves scored 23 points in the final quarter, thanks to Maston’s long range shooting and a 7-of-9 mark at the stripe.
Shawnee went 10-for-15 on charity tosses for the game.
Marquese Tramble added 11 points in support for the Wolves, while Luke Laster notched eight.
The win improves the Wolves to 9-13, including 4-3 in the Suburban Conference.
Shawnee will head to Chickasha Friday for a date with the Fighting Chicks.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith and Chuck Porter.