SHAWNEE – Things went haywire for the 6A Wolves of Shawnee in the third quarter Tuesday, leading to a 66-48 home loss to 5A No. 13 Piedmont.
The Wildcats went on a 16-4 run in the third kicked off on a bucket by Rylan McDaniel and capped on a 3-pointer from Hunter Oden at the buzzer to go into the fourth with a sizable 44-33 lead.
Oden landed four triples in night cap and led all scorers with 23 points. He and Dylan Hahn provided shooting problems for Shawnee that gave McDaniel opportunities in the paint.
“They have good shooters out there and then [McDaniel] gets to the basket. It's a nightmare to try to guard those types of things,” Shawnee coach Ron Arthur said.
Piedmont extended out to a 55-41 advantage with 4:45 left in the game and rallied with 11 unanswered points before the starters took a seat with 2:09 to play.
Arthur was at a loss for where Piedmont's rally came from and why his guys were unable to stop it.
“It was like a quarter within a quarter or a tale of two half-quarters if you will. I just don't know, because we were playing really well there and did a really good job coming out... and then it was like the wheels just came off,” he said. “I'll have to look at tape to figure out what happened there.”
Neither team could make much seperation in the first half of the game, but Piedmont hit three of five free-throws in the final minute before the break to go up 25-22 heading into the lockers.
The Wolves trailed 17-13 with 6:41 left before the half, but six unanswered points gave them a 19-17 advantage. Piedmont responded with four unanswered of their own to retake the lead and Carson Meier tied back up at 21.
Oden drained his third 3-pointer of the night to kick off the second half but Shawnee responded with seven unanswered points capped on a putback by Meier to take a 29-28 lead.
Meier led Shawnee with 16 points and Chase Morris had 13 as the other double-digit scorer for the Wolves. Donovan Neal contributed six off the bench.
Dylan Hahn had 18 for Piedmont and Rylan McDaniel contributed 13.
The Wolves dropped to 4-7 with the loss. They host unranked Guthrie Friday and will host the Shawnee Invitational tournament next weekend.