Girls basketball: Shawnee downs Carl Albert

by Jacob Unruh Published: January 28, 2014
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photo - Shawnee's Bailey Taylor (24) drives a ball against Carl Albert's Lanie Batten-Goodman (10) during a high school basketball game in Midwest City, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman
Shawnee's Bailey Taylor (24) drives a ball against Carl Albert's Lanie Batten-Goodman (10) during a high school basketball game in Midwest City, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman

Shawnee coach Wendi Wells thought the Wolves played well in spurts.

Shawnee senior Bailey Taylor called it an off night for both her and McKenzie Cooper.

That's how it is for the No. 1 team in Class 5A after a 51-35 win against No. 3 Carl Albert on Tuesday.

Despite a dominant performance, the Wolves found areas to focus on improving before the next game.

“It was a good win for us because they're ranked No. 3 and this is supposed to be one of our rival games,” Taylor said. “I thought we could have played better defense, but I think we did good on offense.”

The Wolves' dynamic duo of Taylor and Cooper were spectacular on offense, combining to score 38 points and grab seven rebounds.

Taylor led the way with 23 points, 13 of which came in the second half. She also played through foul trouble in the second half and made play after play.

“She came up big time,” Wells said. “When she got four fouls, I was thinking, ‘Do I need to take her out?' At the time, she was making so many good plays so I hated to take her out of the game there.”

Shawnee led just 11-9 after one quarter, but then stifled Carl Albert in the second to take a 26-17 halftime lead and control of the game.

The Titans were held to just 14-of-40 shooting, while the Wolves were 19 of 45. Carl Albert was also out-rebounded 27-20 and committed 15 turnovers to Shawnee's eight.

But Wells and Taylor said they could have contained the ball better, namely slowing down senior Jordan Gilbert. She finished with 18 points and six rebounds.

“I just think we could have done better, but today we really didn't do that good on defense,” Taylor said. “I think we need to work on that more.”


by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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