SHAWNEE – Going into Friday night's game against No. 1 in Class 5A Carl Albert, the No. 6 Shawnee Wolves were ready to prove they could go toe-to-toe against the top team in their class. They continue to make statements late in the season that they could be one to contend for the title at this year's State Tournament.

The Wolves were handed the 81-76 defeat, but their proclamation that they were not one to be taken lightly was heard loud and clear.

“The intensity of the game was unbelievable,” coach Ron Arthur said. “It was fun to watch. It was difficult to be a part of, but it was fun to watch. We're extremely proud of the guys' effort.”

The two squads were step-for-step throughout the night, but Carl Albert took the lead three minutes into the fourth and never gave it up.

Ramey Harrison was sent to the charity stripe four times in the final 4:30 of the contest where he was 7-of-8 and Tyler Huebert was strong off the bench with two big treys to keep the Wolves within three of the Titans with each make.

“Tyler Huebert came off the bench and did a great job for us. Hit a couple of big three's in the second half and just lit a spark for us. We just came up a little bit short,” Arthur said.

Timmy Young led the charge for the Wolves with 16 points on the night trailed by Carson Meier with 15. Harrison finished the game with 12 points, Huebert provided 10 off the bench and LJ McKissick had seven.

The game was the second of the week for the Wolves resulting in a close loss to a higher-ranked opponent after losing to No. 3 El Reno 52-57 Tuesday. Arthur's team has continued to show their perseverance as the underdog, he said.

“At this point in the season... a lot of teams at this point, they're ready to give the season up. This is a team that just keeps getting better and better,” he said.

The Wolves (10-6) travel to Western Heights Tuesday to kick off a three-game road stand capped on a rematch with the Titans at Carl Albert Feb. 13.