EDMOND — Despite a determined comeback effort in the second half, Shawnee was unable to overcome Lawton MacArthur' big first-half lead and ended its season Friday with a 65-54 loss in a Class 5A Area playoff.
EDMOND — Despite a determined comeback effort in the second half, Shawnee was unable to overcome Lawton MacArthur’ big first-half lead and ended its season Friday with a 65-54 loss in a Class 5A Area playoff.
“The guys really fought hard in the loss to Bishop McGuinness last week in the regional championship,” Shawnee head coach Ron Arthur said. “It’s hard to know how much that took out of them. But the guys were attentive and gave everything they had. I’m really happy with the guys’ effort.”
The Highlanders put the Wolves in a hole early, leading 23-16 after the first quarter and 37-27 at halftime.
MacArthur extended its lead in the third quarter before Shawnee erupted for a 20-point fourth quarter. But it wasn’t enough to erase the big deficit they faced.
“We fought back well in the second half,” Arthur said. “Our guys never gave up.”
Nine Wolves scored in the contest, led by Marquese Tramble with 11 points. Don Murphy and Austin Cooper were next with eight points each. Aaron Yount sank two 3-pointers.
Jariun Nolan had a game-high 23 points for the Highlanders, including four 3-pointers.
It was the final high school game for seven SHS seniors.
“I’m sad for our seniors that they didn’t get to experience the state tournament atmosphere,” Arthur said. “They gave a lot of time, effort, blood, sweat and tears to this program.”
The Wolves finished with a record of 11-14.
Note: Report compiled by Brian King.
Lady Pirates now one win from state
MUSKOGEE — A balanced offensive attack put the Dale Lady Pirates past the Howe Lady Lions 58-45 Friday afternoon.
Three Lady Pirates scored in double digits in the win. Kami Walck, Shelby Savage and Hannah Ash each scored 10 points.
Dale (19-10) also got strong contributions from Franchansca Burley, Brayden Newton, Hannah Armitage and Dani Manning who had nine, seven, six and six points each respectively.
Solid free throwing also contributed to the Lady Pirates’ success, as they were 19 for 26 from the charity-stripe.
Morgan Gillibrand led Howe with 13 points.
No. 15 Dale returns to the court today at 6:30 p.m. where they will face no. 3 Preston.
Josh Forsythe, Dale girls head basketball coach, said both sides are very good.
“They’re strong and very athletic,” he said. “Both of them played in the Tournament of Champions. Our team is excited to play them, but the girls know they’ll have to play well.”
Note: Report compiled by Matt Caban.
Pirates’ season ended by Pocola
MUSKOGEE — Dale fell behind early and was unable to catch up Friday, resulting in a season-ending 66-50 loss to Pocola in a Class 2A, Area IV playoff game in Muskogee.
The Pirates had to play from behind for most of the game. The Indians led 18-7 after the first quarter and 39-25 at halftime.
“We tried hard to come back,” Dale head coach Jeff Edmonson said. “We cut it to eight points a couple of times, but really couldn’t get any closer than that.”
Sophomore Randy Crawford led the Pirates with 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and dished out seven assists.
Latif Tobler, a junior, also scored in double digits with 15 points and had a team-high seven rebounds.
Brandon Draper was next with nine points, all from 3-point range.
Dale finished with a record of 21-8.
“It was a really good season,” Edmonson said. “We faced a lot of obstacles, especially lately with injuries, but we haven’t used that as an excuse. I really couldn’t be prouder of a team.”
It was the final high school game for two Dale seniors. Jace Wilkins, who was the team’s top scorer before being injured, did not play. Classmate Hunter Pinkston scored three points Friday.
Note: Report compiled by Brian King.