The Wolves finished last season with an 11-15 (2-5) record after losing to Miami in the Area semi-final.
What to know about this year’s team: Jackson Winrow will be the only returning starter on this year’s team as Shawnee faces a tough challenge at home against Harrah right out of the gate. The Panthers are a high-ranking 4A team with a wealth of experience in their five returning starters.
Junior Timmy young, who sat out his sophomore year with an injury, is expected to bring scoring and solid defense to the Wolves while sophomores Carson Meier, Chase Morris and Donovan Neal will bring in some promising young talent.
Meier will have a bigger scoring role this season after playing some his freshman year. Morris will play inside and outside and Neal will provide some depth in the post.
The Lady Wolves are returning five starters that won’t leave much room for upperclassmen on the court.
As the season goes along younger players might get more time, but coach Wendi Wells is looking at her older players to step up early this season.
Six seniors in total will share time on the floor to give Shawnee a good experience advantage. Wells hopes that the underclassmen learn a little more about expectations with varsity ball and how to play with urgency through her younger athletes.
The team lacks a go-to player, coach Wells said. Everyone will need to step in to fulfill a specific role in order to be successful, but someone needs to step up to the challenge.
The Lady Wolves open up against non-conference rival Harrah who Wells expects to play with a lot of energy and to be solid on both sides of the ball.
Date Opponent Time
Dec. 1 Harrah 6:30/8
Dec. 8 @ Piedmont 6:30/8
Dec. 10-12 @ Tulsa Kelley Tournament TBA
Dec. 15 El Reno 6:30/8
Dec. 17-19 @ KSA Holiday Tournament TBA
Dec. 12 Carl Albert 6:30/8
Jan. 19 Guthrie 6:30/8
Jan. 21-23 Shawnee Invitational TBA
Jan. 26 @ Ada 6:30/8
Jan. 29 @ Noble 6:30/8
Feb. 2 @ El Reno 6:30/8
Feb. 5 @ Carl Albert 6:30/8
Feb. 9 Western Heights * 6:30/8
Feb. 12 Chickasha # 6:30/8
Feb. 15 Ada 6:30/8
Feb. 16 Piedmont ** 6:30/8
Feb. 19 @ Guthrie 6:30/8
** Senior Night
# Hall of Fame Night
The Savages have four starters returning to the court this year to get an experience boost that could come in handy in their opener at home against Purcell.
New to the Tecumseh floor will be Shawnee transfer Dakota Silmon, a post player who is likely to stuff the stat line. Senior JJ Roden will also be ready to play. After fighting injuries for most of his career he had his best preseason in four years.
They will be joined by sophomores Zathan Bowman and Kameron Permetter off the bench.
The Savages are expected to have a strong defensive prowess, returning their top defenders from last year. Unfortunately, they lost their top two scorers that made things happen on the other side of the ball. Spencer Dobbyns, Daniel Axton and Jeffrey Shafer are being looked at to fill that void.
Axton, a junior guard, will be the main scoring threat from the perimiter while senior forward Dobyns will be the main post player. A lefty, Dobyns likes to find ways to score from the left side of the court.
Also a senior, Shafer has a pension for anticipating passes and scoring putbacks. He is likely to lead in steals.
Three starters from last year’s squad will be making a return to the Tecumseh court this season. Seniors Amanda Haslam and Taylor Williams will be playing in their final year with the Lady Savages while junior Franki Hull is the only underclassman to have started last season.
Jasmine Martinez will lead a strong group of freshman in a pool of young players.
The girls will open against Purcell at home. They played a close game last year and with his team’s hustle and athleticism coach Ryan Smith is expecting another good matchup.
Date Opponent Time
Dec. 1 Purcell 6:30/8
Dec. 4 @ Ada 6:30/8
Dec. 8 Harrah 6:30/8
Dec. 10-12 @ Bethel Tournament TBA
Dec. 14-19 @ Prague Tournament. TBA
Dec. 15 Bethel 6:30/8
Dec. 18 @ Jones 6:30/8
Jan. 5 Ada 6:30/8
Jan. 7-9 @ Weatherford Tournament TBA
Jan. 12 @ Harrah 6:30/8
Jan. 15 McLoud 6:30/8
Jan. 16 Seminole 6:30/8
Jan. 21-23 @ Jones Tournament TBA
Jan. 26 @ Byng 6:30/8
Jan. 29 Jones 6:30/8
Feb. 2 @ Seminole 6:30/8
Feb. 5 @ Prague 6:30/8
Feb. 9 @ McLoud 6:30/8