SHAWNEE – Friday night's 64-40 win over Noble wasn't necessarily a pretty one for 5A No. 7 Shawnee, but it was a welcome reprieve after the overtime battles they had played in their previous two games.
“We didn't know how to win without going to overtime, it's almost anticlimactic,” coach Ron Arthur said. “... Those teach us valuable lessons there. You always learn something whether you win or lose, but we showed a lot of heart in both of those games.”
The Wolves had trouble getting the ball rolling, giving up a 10-0 run before Carson Meier put up a layup and free throw with 5:08 left in the first to put the Wolves on the board. With Noble up 16-10, Ramey Harrison and Chase Morris each hit a three to send the Wolves on a 6-2 run to close the first and the teams traded blows in the second for Shawnee to trail 25-24 at the half.
The 10-0 deficit to start the game wasn't much to come back from, but it was enough to worry, Arthur said.
"It's not a huge mountain to climb, but it is a mountain. Noble plays pretty slow and methodical. So we had to do some things defensively and kinda mix it up,” he said.
Morris came out with the first basket of the second half to give the Wolves their first lead of the game and the teams exchanged leads until Morris drained a trey to kick off a 10-4 run to close out the third with a 40-33 advantage.
They kept up the attack and Noble was never a threat the rest of the game.
Morris led the Wolves with 14 points and Harrison, Timmy Young and Meier each scored 11.
Noble's Chris Nimsey netted 17 points to lead all scorers.
The Wolves (10-4) will host their third meeting with No. 3 El Reno (14-2) Tuesday. The teams are split after Shawnee retaliated from a defeat in the first part of the season with a 87-67 win in the semifinals of the Shawnee Invitational last weekend.
“This is the rubber match right here. We'll be excited to play them,” Arthur said.