SHAWNEE – It was a frustrating and difficult loss at home for No. 18 in Class 6A Shawnee Tuesday against undefeated 5A No. 2 Carl Albert. The Wolves dropped a 69-56 contest to the Titans (4-0) in just their third game of the season after not being able to find an edge all night.
One of Shawnee's biggest flaws in the game was taking questionable shots instead of looking for a better opportunity or trying to take too much on instead of dishing to another player.
“We need to do a better job of shooting the ball period,” coach Ron Arthur said. “I think we're just settling for the 3-point shot and we just need to go back and look at film and try to get ourselves better.”
After trading points for the first four minutes of the first quarter, Carl Albert made enough small runs in the first half to take a 41-28 lead into the break.
Shawnee struggled to put together any back-to-back buckets, with their only run of the half being a short four unanswered with 1:54 left in the second.
Ramey Harrison drained a 3-pointer to start off the second half for Shawnee and kick off a 7-0 run, but the Titans responded in kind with an 11-0 run of their own and the teams went into the fourth with a 55-40 advantage to Carl Albert.
After allowing a bucket to start the fourth, Chase Morris and Tyler Huebert put in a couple of baskets to get Shawnee back into the game at 57-46 with about 6:30 to go, but Carl Albert took control again and held on the rest of the way.
Carson Meier led the Wolves with 20 points and Harrison had 10. LJ McKissick contributed eight and Shaun Willis had six.
Carl Albert's Mason Harrell led all scorers with 36 points and Trey Hopkins had 15.
The Titans showed a wealth of athleticism in many of their drives to the basket to show why they are ranked second in 5A, but the Wolves should have been a little more competitive.
“They're a good team, but we made things a little easier for them,” Arthur said.
The change of pace that Shawnee (1-2) will have to finish up the year before the Christmas break could prove beneficial. They have gone with a week off between each game so far but will host No. 8 in 4A Ada Friday and head to Orlando, Fla., for a tournament from Dec. 18-20.
“We'll see what kind of rhythm we can get into,” Arthur said. “Maybe that's what we need. Maybe we had too much time off between games. So maybe playing four games in six days will be good for us.”