Class 5A girls basketball: Top-ranked Shawnee survives scare from Carl Albert, advances to finale

SHAWNEE 34, CARL ALBERT 29 — Carl Albert's Gioya Carter scored the games first 10 points and it looked like the Titans had No. 1 Shawnee on the ropes. But the Wolves battled back to win and will face either Tulsa East Central or McAlester in the Class 5A final.
by Jason Kersey Modified: March 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm •  Published: March 9, 2012

No. 1 Shawnee was stunned just two minute and 16 seconds into Friday’s Class 5A semifinal against Carl Albert.

Carl Albert junior and Oklahoma commit Gioya Carter had scored 10 points, and the Wolves had scored none.

“We clearly weren’t as fired up as they were,” said Shawnee senior guard Kelsee Grovey.

But as the Wolves clawed back into the game, Carter went on a roughly 24-game minute scoring drought and Shawnee won 34-29 to advance to Saturday’s Class 5A championship game against either Tulsa East Central or McAlester, who played later Friday.

Just like the last time these teams met, Carter’s funk was almost all because of Grovey’s stellar defensive effort.

“Kelsee just leaves you speechless,” said Shawnee coach Wendi Wells. “Night in and night out, she guards every team’s best player.”

After she put her team up 10-0, Carter didn’t score again until the 6:29 mark in the fourth quarter. She finished the game with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Grovey led the Wolves with 12 points.

“Grovey is not one of those players that does things that really stand out, but she’s just so solid in every single phase of the game — if you need somebody to handle the ball, to score, to rebound, to defend, she can do it all,” said Carl Albert coach Tim Price. “There’s not too many kids that can contain Gioya off the dribble and she’s definitely one of them.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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