SHAWNEE — The state championship still doesn't feel real to Kelsee Grovey.
The senior Shawnee guard and Oklahoman Super 5 team member helped lead the Wolves to an unbeaten season and the school's first girls basketball state championship last month.
Grovey averaged 13.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a senior.
“It still hasn't set in at all,” Grovey said of the title. “I'll be walking somewhere and someone will say congratulations, and it still just doesn't feel real.”
Grovey was the team's leading scorer, but also the Wolves' defensive stopper. She was always put on the other team's top offensive threat.
In the final minute of the third quarter of the title-game win over Tulsa East Central, Grovey made consecutive steals and coast-to-coast layups to give Shawnee a five-point lead heading into the final frame.
The Wolves' semifinal win over Carl Albert and the championship game were unfamiliar territory for Shawnee, just because of how close the games were.
The Titans jumped out to a stunning 10-0 lead in the first quarter before Shawnee came back to win.
“That was horrible,” Grovey said. “We had never been down that much. I think we were a little freaked out.”
Then the championship game was a back-and-forth affair until Grovey's back-to-back steals.
“The whole game, I was thinking it was way too close,” Grovey said. “We hadn't played a game like that, and we just had to find a way to get a lead. When I had those two steals and we had the momentum, that was my way of getting a lead and getting out of that situation.”
Now, Grovey will move on to her college career. She has signed to play for Tulsa, where she'll room with Midwest City standout and fellow Tulsa signee Ashley Clark, who is on The Oklahoman's Super 5 second team.
“I've been talking to Ashley Clark a lot,” Grovey said. “We keep talking about how excited we are and how we can't wait to get up there.”