SHAWNEE – In their third meeting of the season, 5A-No. 6 Shawnee could never quite get their footing against No. 4 El Reno Tuesday for 57-52 defeat.
“[El Reno] had total control. They did everything they needed to do offensively and did a great job on us defensively really, just to cause a little havoc. We were just kind of out of sync,” coach Ron Arthur said.
The Wolves got out to a good start, going on a 9-3 run in the first three and a half minutes capped on a trey by Carson Meier. Things went quickly downhill though, as the Indians put on a 15-3 run to the 6:47 mark of the second quarter. Shawnee would never again have the lead.
The Wolves trailed by as much as 15 in the game and tried to claw back late, but fell short.
Meier led the Wolves with 13 points and LJ McKissick had 11. Ramey Harrison finished with nine and Chase Morris put up eight.
El Reno's Callen Haydon led all scorers with 26 points.
Having split the previous two meeting with the Indians, Shawnee knew that they were going to come ready to play. Unfortunately, Arthur said, they wanted the win more than the Wolves.
“We just didn't quite meet that intensity like I hoped we would meet it,” he said.
The Wolves (10-5) will host No. 1 Carl Albert (17-1) Friday in their homecoming game.