SHAWNEE – By halftime of Friday night's Shawnee's homecoming game against Western Heights, there was no doubt the Wolves were going to win, the only question was how much they would win by. The answer: 51 points, as Shawnee took down the Jets by a broad score of 64-13.
The Wolves shot at a high clip in the first quarter to blaze ahead early. A lot of the early success was creating offense off of defense, coach Ron Arthur said. The rest of the game was just a matter of holding that lead.
“We were working for easy shots and layups and inside/outside action to create open jump shots. We practice open jump shots for a reason, because we want those, we don't want guarded jump shots,” he said.
Carson Meier started the game with a bucket and Western Heights' Syncere Carter fired back with one of his own, but a highly efficient first quarter run gave Shawnee a landslide 25-2 lead going to the second. The Wolves slowed down a bit in the second as most of the starters took a seat for the majority, but the secondary unit managed a 13-4 run capped on a stepback trey from Meier to lead 40-6 at the break.
Things didn't change much in the later quarters.
Carter made a shot to start the second half for the Jets, but Chase Morris put up six points in an 8-2 Shawnee run to extend the lead before the starters took a rest again, up 48-10. DeAndre Love had a layup with three seconds left and the Wolves entered the fourth with a 50-10 advantage.
Although the Wolves weren't as efficient the rest of the game as they were in the first quarter, their work on the offensive glass made up for the difference.
“When we did miss the outside shots we were there to get offensive putbacks,” Arthur said. “We didn't let up and give them a whole lot of second and third chances.”
Morris led Shawnee with 14 points, Meier had eight with six steals and Love finished with nine points and ten boards.
The Wolves (8-11) will travel to 5A No. 13 Piedmont Tuesday. They lost to Piedmont 66-48 earlier in the season.