SHAWNEE – Shawnee kicked on the gas toward the end of the second quarter against Coweta and never let up to take a 63-51 win for seventh-place at the Shawnee Invitational Saturday.
The game was one that neither team wanted to be in, playing for the last two places at 11:30 in the morning, but Shawnee coach Ron Arthur stressed the importance of trying their best, just like every other game, and tiring Coweta out as much as possible.
“I thought our depth was going to outlast their depth,” he said.
The teams were tied at 23 before Ramey Harrison found Tyler Huebert on the right corner to take a 26-28 advantage. Harrison followed up with a steal and a layup to get out ahead by five in a 10-1 run to close out the half with a 31-24 lead. Chase Morris started the run with a pair of free-throws to tie up at 23.
Cody Parman got things started for the Wolves with back-to-back triples to go ahead 6-2 in the first. Arthur made a game time decision to start Parman in place of Carson Meier, who remained out sick. It was his first start.
“I could have gone with Daryl (Busby) again, I could have went with Tyler (Huebert), but I just decided on Cody and he came through for us on both ends of the floor,” Arthur said. “Cody does a lot of things that you don't really see and that don't show up in the scorebook. He's rarely out of position defensively, he gets his hands on balls and he creates that havoc that maybe the casual fan doesn't recognize. I'm proud of that young man for getting off to such a hot start for us.”
The Wolves gave up five quick points but bounced back for a 9-2 run to lead 15-9 after the first.
Coweta went on a 9-0 run to the 4:22 mark of the second to take a 20-19 lead. Morris made a basket and Coweta countered with a trey to go ahead 23-21 with 3:45 left in the half – it was their last lead of the game.
Arthur said that as the Wolves started missing shots on offense it began affecting their defense, and that's something they need to learn to not let happen.
“Your shot's not going to fall all of the time and sometimes your offense isn't going to be as smooth as you want it to be, but defensively you should always have that grit, you should always have that drive,” he said.
The teams were slow and steady in the third after the halftime break, but Shawnee narrowly won out the fourth with a 23-19 run to take the win. Coweta got within three at 42-39 early into the fourth, but a free-throw by Morris followed by a steal by Harrison converted for a layup and-one and a 3-pointer by Shaun Willis quickly tipped things back into Shawnee's favor, 49-39.
Harrison led the way for Shawnee with 14 points and was 3-3 from the charity stripe. Morris finished just behind him with 12, LJ McKissick and Shaun Willis each had nine, Parman put in eight and Huebert contributed seven. Morris and McKissick were each 4-6 from the line and the team went 14-22.
The Wolves move to 6-9 on the season with the win. They head to Ada Tuesday.