Class 5A girls state basketball notebook: Shawnee looking for a repeat

The Wolves enter the tournament as the top-ranked team in the class with a 24-2 record.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 3, 2013
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After losing four starters from last season's state championship game, many expected Shawnee to enter a rebuilding mode the season.

Shawnee starts just one senior — Micaela Yu — to go along with a junior, two sophomores and a freshman.

The Wolves, though, enter the tournament as the top-ranked team in the class with a 24-2 record.

Shawnee's only losses came to Class 6A state tournament qualifier Bixby and to Chickasha in the final game of the regular season before rolling through the regional and area tournaments.

Yu is averaging 14.2 points and a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game.

Recently, it's been junior guard McKenzie Cooper who has set the tone for the Wolves, averaging 15.9 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Bailey Taylor has also come on strong, turning in a solid performance in the Wolves' win over Piedmont that sent them into the state tournament.

DEER CREEK BALANCED

It's easy to see why No. 2 Deer Creek has been successful this season when looking over its starters' stats.

Ashley Gibson is the clear leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points but the other four starters all average between 8.8 and 7.4 points per game, giving the Antlers probably the most balanced attack in the tournament.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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