Girls basketball: Kelsee Grovey, Taylor Cooper fire No. 1 Shawnee past No. 4 Carl Albert

Duo teams to limit Carl Albert star Gioya Carter to just 11 points. After Carter hit a 3-pointer less than a minute into the game, Titans fail to score for another 12 minutes.
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Modified: February 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm •  Published: February 10, 2012
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MIDWEST CITY — Kelsee Grovey is Class 5A No. 1 Shawnee's go-to defender.

The Tulsa signee always gets the tough assignments, and she always delivers.

But Grovey's defensive showing in Friday's 39-23 win at No. 4 Carl Albert was perhaps the finest so far of her senior season.

Grovey, with some late assistance from teammate Taylor Cooper, pretty well shut down Carl Albert junior Gioya Carter, an Oklahoma commit and the Titans' leading scorer.

Carter hit just three of her 13 field-goal attempts in Friday's game and finished with 11 points.

“There aren't too many high school kids that physically can match up with Gioya, just strength wise,” said Carl Albert coach Tim Price. “But Kelsee is one of them. Gioya isn't able to get where she's going quite as easily against her.”

Carl Albert got on the scoreboard first when Carter hit a 3-pointer less than a minute into a game.

It was nearly 12 game minutes later before the Titans hit another field goal.

“Defense is what we work on most of practice,” Grovey said. “They always say defense wins championships, and we want a championship.”

Shawnee coach Wendi Wells had Grovey defending Carter for the first three quarters. Wells switched it up in the fourth by moving Cooper, an Oral Roberts signee, onto the OU commit.

“(Defense has) been our theme the whole season,” Wells said. “If they're gonna score, then they have to make a play. We're not gonna make mistakes or allow them to shoot layups or wide open shots.”

Shawnee hosts Noble on Tuesday.

For Carl Albert, Friday's 23-point total was its lowest offensive output of the season. The Titans (16-5) return to action at home Tuesday against Lawton MacArthur.