SHAWNEE — The Class 6A No. 11 Lady Wolves throttled 5A No. 11 El Reno, winning 70-41 Tuesday evening.
“Last week when we played Harrah I think some of our young kids were a little timid, but tonight we were a lot more active and really crashed the boards,” Shawnee coach Wendi Wells said.
Shawnee started the game with a 5-0 run and led wire-to-wire. By the end of the first quarter the Lady Wolves held a 14-11 advantage.
Aubrie Megehee led the Lady Wolves on a 10-3 run to start the second quarter and Shawnee never looked back. Megehee scored 12 points in the quarter and Shawnee held a 34-22 lead at halftime.
Even though the game was just about out of reach, Wells still sees room for improvement after a successful second half.
“We need to continue to improve our defense,” Wells said. “We are playing so many kids, so we aren’t as cohesive as we need to be. As the season progresses we will learn to play together.”
In the second half, Shawnee picked up the defensive intensity as they limited El Reno to eight points in the third quarter.
The Lady Wolves managed 17 in the third frame and led 51-30 with one quarter left to play. Shawnee’s Makyra Tramble had six points in the third quarter.
Megehee led all scorers with 20 points. Lauren Fields and Tramble added 15 apiece.
The Wolves rallied in the third quarter, but came up short losing 58-44 to El Reno.
“I was proud of the effort in the second half,” Coach Ron Arthur said. “We turned the ball over too much and the offense was stagnant at times. We did a much better job in the second half and that was a key to us getting back in the game.”
Shawnee trailed 14-7 after the first quarter. DeAndre Love had four points in the quarter.
El Reno went on a big run to end the first half and took a 30-13 lead to the locker room. The Indians knocked down five treys through two quarters.
Shawnee cut the El Reno lead to eight points early in the fourth quarter, but were unable to keep pace.
“The third quarter was big for us,” Arthur said. “Unfortunately we ran out of steam, but it was a good learning experience.”
Jaylon Orange came off the bench to lead Shawnee with 12 points.
Love finished second on the team with 11 points. J’Briell Easley added 10 points in the loss.
Both Shawnee squads return to action in the Bishop Kelley Tournament Dec. 6.