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.
DEL CITY SLIPS PAST NORMAN NORTH
Senior Toni Smith, a Fresno State signee, scored 27 points, and 5A No. 5 Del City rallied for a 57-56 win at Norman North.
The Timberwolves led by 10 points at halftime, but Del City (14-7) scored 37 second-half points to earn the one-point win.
The win snaps a two-game losing streak for Del City.
Sophomore Bri Kuestersteffen led Norman North (12-10) with 21 points.
MUSTANG RALLIES PAST PUTNAM CITY
Mustang used a 15-point fourth quarter to come from behind and beat Putnam City at home Friday.
Putnam City (7-14) took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter, but the Pirates failed to snap what is now a six-game losing streak.
Whitney Dunn led the 6A No. 11 Broncos (14-7) with 18 points.
PC NORTH WINS THIRD STRAIGHT
Sophomore D'Jah Coffee scored 11 points, and Putnam City North used 15 fourth-quarter points to top Edmond North at home 43-40.
The 6A No. 12 Panthers won their third straight game and improved to 14-7.
Edmond North (8-12), which has been to the last three 6A state tournaments but returned no starters, had its season-long three-game winning streak snapped. First-year coach Karlie Free's bunch lost its first five games and seven of its first eight, but has made significant improvement over the past month.
OCS ROUTS JONES
Senior Dani Childress scored 19 points, and Oklahoma Christian School routed Jones 61-30.
The win was the Saints' fifth in its last six games. OCS (15-6) also got 11 points from sophomore Nicole Aparicio.
Jones (9-10) has alternated wins and losses in its last seven contests, starting with a Jan. 31 loss to OCS.