By Evan Grice
Earlier this season, the No. 7 Piedmont Lady Wildcats pulled an upset over then No. 1 ranked Deer Creek on the opening night of the season.
Apparently, the now No. 1 Shawnee Lady Wolves took notes and came prepared Friday night at the Shawnee High School Athletic Center.
SHS used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to take control of the contest and eventually claim a 59-30 victory over the Lady Wildcats.
The 30 points were the lowest amount of points put up this season by the Lady Wildcats.
“It’s frustrating, because my shots weren’t falling and we needed someone to step up out there,” junior guard Hayden Priddy said. “No one stepped up and it just slowly spiraled out of control. We didn’t have the success in the second quarter that we did in the first. Once they (Shawnee) started going on runs we just couldn’t stop them out there. All we can do is try and use this as a learning experience and move forward into the Wheatbelt Tournament. “
With the Lady Wolves leading 25-13 at the half, the last thing Piedmont needed was a slow third quarter if there was to be any chance of an upset taking place.
Unfortunately, a nine point third quarter put Shawnee up 48-22, and was then followed up by yet another single digit scoring quarter in the fourth.
It was a far cry from the first quarter, which saw the Lady Wildcats hang with the Lady Wolves for the entire eight minute frame, eventually leading to a 7-5 lead for Piedmont at the end of the first quarter.
Piedmont wasn’t helped by poor shooting from behind the arc where the Lady Wildcats shot 5-of-18 on the night but did manage to go 5-for-8 from the free throw line in the game.
Kayden Carver led the offense with eight points on the night followed by McKenna Kirkpatrick with six points.
Bre Reid added five points with Hayden Priddy and Alex Hall both scoring four points for the Lady Wildcats (5-4).
Shawnee (11-0) was paced by McKenzie Cooper with 23 points to lead all scorers on the night followed by Bailey Taylor with 17 points on the night.
Piedmont will now shift its attention to the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament which will begin Thursday Jan. 23 at Kingfisher High School.
PHS will be paired with McLoud in the first round of the tournament with the Lady Wildcats set to take the floor at around 4:10 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.