WEST — Shoemaker found itself down after the first quarter, then decided to start playing Shoemaker basketball.
After trailing 13-10 at the end of one quarter, Shoemaker outscored McKinney 23-11 in the second quarter to move on to the regional quarterfinals by defeating McKinney 73-57 on Friday night.
“We settled in there after the first quarter,” Prichett said. “I figured we would have a little lapse after thinking about how we played Tuesday, but fortunately we sat in and started playing our kind of basketball.”
The Grey Wolves started to pick things up in the second quarter. After trailing 16-11, Shoemaker then proceeded to go on a 19-5 run to finish the quarter.
Romeo Postell and Devyn Brewton hit consecutive baskets, and Javon Levi added three free throwsafter being fouled on a 3-point attempt, to put the Grey Wolves up 21-19.
Moments later, Levi pickpocketed a Lion player and passed ahead to Brewton for the two-handed slam, which sent the Shoemaker faithful in attendance to a frenzy. Shoemaker then had a 25-22 lead with 2:13 to go before the break.
Shoemaker (27-6) went into halftime leading McKinney 33-24. Out of the six made field goals in the first half for the Lions, four were from behind the
In the third quarter, the Wolves’ lead grew when Levi passed to Postell for the jumper, who was fouled in the process. After the free throw, Shoemaker had its largest lead of the game at 40-24.
Levi ended the game with a team-high 14 points, six assists, two rebounds, and three steals.
For the second time in as many seasons, Shoemaker finds itself in the third round of the playoffs, and Prichett attributes that to the energy his players bring every day to the court.
“All of the credit goes to the kids. They are the ones who show up every day and put in the time. I just suggest that they do some things,” Prichett said with a laugh.
“The kids are staying focused, the parents are bringing them to practice, making sure they are staying focused with their grades and doing everything else with them. This is a testament to the entire Shoemaker community.”
Four different Shoemaker players ended the contest with double-digit scoring. Antoine James scored 12. The 5-foot-10 senior guard connected on four 3-pointers. Brewton scored 10 and had five rebounds, while Postell scored 10. The 6-4 sophomore post also added six boards.
Taveon Sevaaetasi finished with nine points, and three rebounds. Duwain Thomas scored eight, including two huge 3-pointers in the first quarter.
The Grey Wolves advance to face Allen, which defeated No. 2 Cedar Hill, 78-70, next week at a date, time and location to be determined.
Both teams shot well from the free-throw line. Shoemaker hit 17 of 21 while McKinney made 19 of 25.
McKinney (21-13) was led by EJ Clark, who finished with 29 points.
“Allen always has a good program. They have a very experienced coach who has been there awhile, so I know we will have our hands full, but we will enjoy this victory tonight, then get back to work on Saturday,” Prichett said.