SHAWNEE – Seniors Kasey Rice, Monica Brooks, Brooklynne Price, Aaliyah Morris and Gloria Henry got the start for their final home game of their high school careers Tuesday night as Shawnee took down Noble 58-13 in Shawnee's Senior Night basketball game.
The girls have put in a lot of work over the years and have the records to prove it. The five worked hard on and off the court, coach Wendi Wells said, and it showed as they prepare to transition into the next phase of their lives and pass on their knowledge to their younger teammates.
“They've left behind a lot for these younger kids to live up to,” Wells said. “They've won a lot of games, been to a lot of state tournaments, but also they just taught these younger kids how to react, how to approach the game and how to approach school. It's been a great group and I'm gonna miss them.”
Up 6-4 with 3:20 left in the first quarter, Lauren Fields hit the first of two free throws to kick off a 7-0 Lady Wolves run capped on a bucket from Fields that resulted in an ankle injury scare and sidelined her for a bit. She returned to the game with 2:15 left in the half to give Rice a rest after Rice had accrued 13 of the Lady Wolves 33 halftime points.
Rice drained a 3-pointer to start off the second quarter and the Wolves went on a 19-4 tear to halftime capped on a triple by Makyra Tramble to lead 33-10 at the break.
Shawnee was flat coming out in the second half and outside of a bucket by Brooks to start the third the Lady Wolves went scoreless to the 2:56 mark, when Tramble finally stopped the bleeding. Tramble's basket started Shawnee on a run for 11 unanswered and the Lady Wolves went into the fourth with a 46-13 advantage.
Shawnee held Noble scoreless in the fourth quarter for the easy win.
Rice led all scorers with 15 points, Tramble had 11 and Brooks put in 10. Fields finished with seven and Gloria Henry and Aubrie Megehee chipped in four apiece.
Shawnee will be at Carl Albert Friday and will face Sapulpa in the opening round of the 6A Regional in Owasso, Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Wells' seniors have at least two games left in their careers and she's going to enjoy having them around before passing off the reigns.
“We have some good ones coming up. We want to hang with these ones for a few more weeks,” she said.