Shawnee rolls to 62-34 rout of host Harrah

Brian Johnson
Sports Editor
Shawnee’s Jaylon Orange (3) attempts to drive past a Harrah defender Saturday night during action in Harrah.    

Fluid offensive flow was evident for the Class 5A fifth-ranked Shawnee Wolves Saturday night.

Shawnee, 15-4 on the season, placed three players in double figures and shot over 50% for the game as the Wolves walloped the host Harrah Panthers, 62-34, in Suburban Conference play.

“I thought our offensive execution was especially good against their zone,” said Shawnee head coach Ron Arthur. “They started in a man (defense) and we scored some easy buckets. They then switched to a zone and we’ve been working on our zone offense. We got some pretty good looks both inside and out.”

Senior Ka’Veon Sharp led the way for the Wolves with 15 points to go with four rebounds and a pair of steals. Sharp was 5-of-7 from the floor while knocking down two 3-point shots.

Sophomore Jaylon Orange followed with 12 points as he also nailed two treys, pulled down six boards and recorded two steals. Another sophomore, Tanner Morris, finished with 10 points, including two 3-pointers, to go with two rebounds and a pair of steals.

Shawnee shot 51% from the floor for the game while limiting the Panthers to 23.5%. The Wolves were 66.7% in the first quarter and ended up at 54.2% by halftime.

Senior J’Briell Easley added eight points to the Shawnee attack as he registered three slam dunks in the third quarter. Karran Evans, off the bench, added seven points and five boards and starting post Isaiah Willis chipped in six points, three rebounds, one steal and two blocked shots.

Kayden Shaw, also in a reserve effort, recorded two blocked shots and one steal to go with two boards and two points. Jeffery Hall tallied the other two Wolves’ points.

“Defensively, we missed some rotations that gave them some open looks,” Arthur said. “We want to make sure that we clean that up.”

Except for a short-lived 5-4 Harrah edge, Shawnee led the entire game and outscored the Panthers by a 16-3 count in the final 4:54 of the first quarter in taking a 20-8 lead into the second.

Morris’ trey from the corner, off an Orange pass, triggered that huge run and put the Wolves on top for good at 7-5. Willis posted up for a basket off an Easley feed and Orange delivered a contested scoop shot to make it 11-5 with 3:20 to go in the first period.

After a 3-pointer by Harrah’s Cooper Kinsey cut it to 11-8, Shawnee closed the quarter with a 9-0 run in the final two minutes. Sharp executed a conventional 3-point play after a Morris assist. Evans converted two free shots, Sharp added another basket and Willis dunked the ball with 29 seconds left to make it 20-8.

A 17-9 second quarter extended the Wolves’ advantage to 37-17 at halftime. Five different players got into the scoring act for Shawnee in that second quarter, highlighted by two treys from Sharp and one from Orange. Sharp’s second 3-pointer of the period came with one second left.

Kinsey paced the Panthers with 12 points and Matt Gentry had 10. Kade Jackson was next with nine.

Shawnee will visit third-ranked Carl Albert tonight for a big conference matchup.

HARRAH 58, SHAWNEE 42 (Girls)

The Lady Wolves couldn’t overcome 19 turnovers as Katie King fired in a game-high 22 points and registered three steals for the Lady Panthers.

Shawnee fell behind early at 8-1 and were down by a 17-7 count as the first quarter ended. The Lady Wolves had eight of those miscues in those first eight minutes alone.

Aubrie Megehee was the high scorer for Shawnee with 14 as she was the only one on her team to reach double figures. Alesia Thomas came close with nine points as she drained two treys and was 3-of-4 from the free-throw stripe. Megehee ended up 6-of-13 from the floor to go with five rebounds and a pair of steals.

Savannah Fish tossed in nine points for Harrah while Katie Klimkowski and Steph McDonald chipped in eight apiece. Fish also collected a game-leading nine rebounds.

The 15th-ranked Lady Wolves, 9-10 on the year, trailed 30-18 at halftime and were down by a 54-32 score, heading into the fourth quarter.

Shawnee will play at fourth-ranked Carl Albert tonight.