SHAWNEE – A big defensive and scoring boost in the second half hurdled 6A No. 16 Shawnee past No. 9 in Class 5A Piedmont 62-32 Tuesday night at Shawnee.
The Lady Wolves led 22-17 at halftime following a flat second quarter that saw them give up the ball several times, but rallied with a 40-15 second half performance to seal the victory.
“We talked about being able to communicate better,” coach Wendi Wells said. “We weren't getting through screens in the first half very well, we weren't communicating on the screens very well and every time the ball moves, even if it's just a step, we've got to move with the ball.”
Kasey Rice had two 3-pointers as Shawnee put up 11 unanswered points to start the game. Piedmont's Abby DeTar fired back with a triple of her own with 3:04 left in the first and Claire Mays capped off an 8-2 run for the Lady Wildcats with a long shot of her own.
Piedmont's Taylor Clowers opened the second quarter with a bucket to make it a 13-10 game in favor of Shawnee, but Rice responded with a 3-pointer and 2-point bucket to extend to 18-10. Piedmont's Melissa Green drainted a three with 2:14 left in the second for the last shot of the first half and the Wolves went to the lockers with a 22-17 advantage.
“We have to understand that when we get up we have to keep playing hard. We can't get lax with the ball, we can't start making passes and just shoot. We've got to still be under control,” Wells said.
Shawnee closed out the third quarter with 11 unanswered points to move ahead 41-22, capped on a takeaway and layup at the buzzer by Rice on an inbounds pass at Shawnee's baseline.
The Lady Wolves brought in their reserves with about three minutes left to play, after a 13-2 run gave them a 56-28 advantage.
Freshmen Tatum Sparks and Aubrie Megehee made an impact in their short time in the game as Sparks accrued two free-throws and a steal and Megehee had two buckets and an and-one opportunity.
Rice led all scorers with 26 points and Monica Brooks had 13. Tramble had 10.
Maci Atalla led Piedmont with 10 points and DeTar had five. Claire Mays provided five points off the bench.
The Lady Wolves host No. 15 Guthrie Friday and will have their host tournament next week where new addition from Deer Creek and Cal State commit Lauren Fields is expected to make her debut for the Lady Wolves in her junior year.