SHAWNEE — Class 5A No. 1 Shawnee expected to get to the line if it went inside against Bishop McGuinness on Tuesday night.
The Wolves did pound the ball inside and took advantage, beating the Irish 54-34 at home.
Shawnee was 24 of 30 from the free-throw line.
“We played them the first time and they really got after it, so we had an idea of what they were going to try to do,” Shawnee coach Wendi Wells said.
Junior McKenzie Cooper led the Wolves (13-1) with 24 points, making 12 of 14 free throws.
“She did a great job tonight flashing to the ball,” Wells said. “She was prepared for what they were going to do.”
Cooper had nine points in the first quarter as Shawnee jumped ahead 18-6. She also scored 12 of the Wolves' 17 third-quarter points.
The win was Shawnee's ninth in a row.
Wells is still looking for consistency out of her young team.
“They're continuing to mature,” Wells said. “With the youth on this team, they'll have a little success and get a little excited and that's when they start making mistakes. We've got to keep working on that.”
SANTA FE OVERCOMES SLOW START
On the road for three days at the Skiatook Tournament last weekend, No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe's offense needed some time to get back in rhythm Tuesday night.
But the defense was sharp from the start.
Santa Fe kept Mustang in check with tough defense until the Wolves' offense caught fire in the third quarter on its way to a 52-29 road win.
Tamara Lee had a game-high 14 points for Edmond Santa Fe, which improved to 13-1 on the season. Aahliyah Jackson and Cameerah Graves had nine points each for the Wolves.
“When you play a tournament, then turn right around and play on Tuesday, it takes a little while to get their cells energized,” Santa Fe coach Paul Bass said. “We didn't come out real strong, but we did have our defense. We just couldn't get the offense going, really, until the third quarter.
“Our defense is what keeps us in these games when we're not gelling really well on offense yet. The defense is there every night.”
CARTER GETS 1,000
Carl Albert's Gioya Carter scored 23 points in the Titans' 51-42 home win against El Reno on Tuesday night.
The total was enough to put Carter, an OU signee, over the 1,000 career points mark.
Junior Jordan Gilbert added 10 in Carl Albert's win.
HENRYETTA SNEAKS BY BETHEL
Henryetta's Makayla Blackbear scored 23 to lead the Knights to a 57-55 overtime win at Bethel.
Megan Tabor added 12 for Henryetta.
Bry Flanagan had a game-high 26 in the loss for Bethel.
PARKER LEADS PIEDMONT
Sarah Parker scored 22 points to help Class 5A No. 7 Piedmont to a 56-33 win over No. 14 Guthrie.
The Wildcats took control in the second quarter, turning a tie game after one into a 24-15 lead at halftime.
Breanu Reid added 11 for Piedmont. Melinda Murillo led Guthrie with 19.
BALANCED EFFORT HELPS ST. MARY
Bouncing back from a tough loss in the finals of the Charles K. Heatly Classic last weekend at Lindsay, Class 4A No. 6 St. Mary didn't have much of a problem with Northwest on Tuesday, winning 67-40.
The Rockets lead 30-14 at halftime then exploded for 29 points in the third quarter to lead 59-25.
Kaely Bond was the leading scorer with 17 as St. Mary had five players finish in double figures.
Jordan Braun added 13, Aimee Rischard and Adrienne Berry 11 and Brittany Davis scored 10.
Tyritta Dixon led the Lady Knights with 12.
BIG SECOND HALF LIFTS STAR SPENCER
Star Spencer started the game looking like it was going to blow out Centennial.
By halftime, it looked like it might be the Bobcats getting blown out.
But Star Spencer regained its composure in the second half, rolling to a 71-48 win at home.
After going up 19-9 after one, the Bobcats struggled in the second and Centennial went into the break leading 30-29.
But the second quarter wound up being the aberration as Star Spencer outscored the Bison 42-18 after the break to win big.
Lakeitha Watson scored 29 to lead Star Spencer, while Shatoya Bryson and Qiondra Jackson had 13 each.
OKARCHE GETS REVENGE
Just three days after falling to Thomas by one point in the finals of the Three Rivers Conference Tournament, Class A No. 1 Okarche didn't have much trouble with the Class 2A No. 9 Terriers on Tuesday, winning 52-35 on the road.
Morgan Vogt led the Warriors, who jumped to a 16-4 lead in the first quarter, with 19.
Madison Lee added 16.
Kyeria Hannan scored 14 and Serithia Hawkins 12 as Class 6A No. 4 Southmoore beat No. 15 Edmond Memorial 61-43 on the road. ... Class 6A No. 16 Choctaw jumped all over No. 9 Putnam City North from the outset, outscoring the Panthers 16-2 in the first en route to a 48-28 win. Kylee Hicks and Jessica Madison had 10 each to lead the Yellow Jackets. ... Stephanie Agyemang and Grace Hadley had 15 points each as Bethany beat John Marshall 73-62. Taylor Hooks led the Bears with 19 points.