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.
The Antlers come into the tournament on a 12-game winning streak. Deer Creek's only losses came to No. 1 Shawnee in early December and to Class 3A Millwood in January.
GILBERT NOT 100 PERCENT FOR CARL ALBERT
Jordan Gilbert has been one of Carl Albert's most effective players this season, averaging 10.1 points and 4.8 rebounds.
But Gilbert was limited in Saturday's area consolation win that sent the Titans to the state tournament for the ninth consecutive season.
Gilbert recently had a flare up of the back problems that kept her out for her sophomore season but gutted it out, playing through pain to help Carl Albert beat Lawton MacArthur.
It's not clear how affected she'll be next week.
“Hopefully she can continue to get treatment and start feeling better by Thursday,” Titans coach Tim Price said.