SHAWNEE — Once more, the duo of McKenzie Cooper and Bailey Taylor propelled the Lady Wolves to victory.
SHAWNEE — Once more, the duo of McKenzie Cooper and Bailey Taylor propelled the Lady Wolves to victory. This time it was Piedmont who was on the wrong side of a 59-30 decision. Cooper led the way with 23 points. Taylor contributed 16 points to the cause. Wendi Wells, Shawnee head basketball coach was ready to make some adjustments after her squad went behind 7-5 at the end of the first quarter. “In the first quarter it was really tight,” Wells said. “I told them to make sure to come out with a lot of energy, but we came out with too much energy. Bailey got hit on a play and we had to get her situated. Once she was back in the game we were better.” Wells added that having both Cooper and Taylor on the floor forces defenses to focus on the pair. “The defense has to head toward [Bailey] and McKenzie so it allows the others to play their game,” she said. “Then Mo [Tramble], Shaiann [Tramble] and Kelsey [Simmons] can attack. With Bailey's ability to shoot deep she can take people off the dribble.” Mo Tramble added eight points for the Lady Wolves. Kelsey Simmons had six points. Kayden Carver led Piedmont with 8 points. McKenna Kirkpatrick chipped in six points for the visitors. With the win, Shawnee improves to 11-0 for the year. Wolves leave it late SHAWNEE — It was a night of familiar tales for Shawnee basketball. With the Lady Wolves continuing their winning ways, the boys' team wasn't quite as fortunate. Instead, the Wolves saw another leady slip away late en route to a 53-47 loss to Piedmont. The visiting Wildcats used a 19-10 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to take the lead and ultimately keep it. Piedmont senior Adrion Williams paced the visitors with 20 points. Fellow seniors Grant Smith and Cameron Peters added 15 and 11 points respectively. The hosts were led on offense by Marquese Tramble's 13 points. Guard Trey Maston and forward Don Murphy each had 10 points for the Wolves Ronnie Burton, boys' assistant coach, said the issue wasn't the team's defense, but cold shooting at the worst time. “We played really good defense the whole game,” he said. “But we went cold in the second half. We only made four total field goals in the second half. Free throws made up the rest. We were getting good looks, but we need to build our confidence. The shots were just rolling out.” Short-handed Seminole sees off Stroud STROUD — The Chieftains cruised to a 62-38 victory over Stroud Friday night despite the absence of Papi White. White, who is also a NCAA Division I football prospect, was traveling for a recruiting visit, said Jeremy Bryan, Seminole head basketball coach. Missing a player didn't appear to effect the squad thanks to the double-heading scoring duo of Xaiver Freeman and Jace Cravens. Freeman had a game-high 26 points and Cravens was a close second with 25 points. Justin Morris was the hosts' high-scorer with 16 points. Seminole (7-2) is back in against tonight when they host Byng. Tip-off will be 6:30 p.m. for the girls' teams and 8 p.m. for the boys. Note: Reports compiled by Matt Caban.