Shoemaker head coach Emund Prichett said he expected a bit of a letdown Tuesday after his team won the Spring Creek Classic in Mansfield on Saturday.
But there was no letdown early, as the No. 12 Grey Wolves opened the game with 15 straight points and never looked back in a 67-33 win against Pflugerville Hendrickson at Shoemaker High School.
The Grey Wolf defense was typically smothering to start, as Hendrickson didn’t even get a shot up until the 5:38 mark in the first and didn’t score until 3:06 remained in the opening period.
By then, Shoemaker (10-0) had already pulled away as Hendrickson never got within single digits of the Grey Wolves again.
“It feels really good,” Shoemaker junior Devyn Brewton said of the Grey Wolves’ perfect start, “because we’ve been working hard in the summer and in practice.”
Shoemaker ended the first up 22-6 as Hendrickson had more turnovers (11) than field goal attempts (8) with the Grey Wolves rarely allowing it to settle into its offense.
In the meantime, juniors Brewton and Javon Levi spurred Shoemaker, combining for 11 points in the opening period, including back-to-back buckets on a pair of nice crossovers by Levi for a 12-0 lead.
Aaron Warren then capped the run by nabbing one of his game-high seven steals and later finishing a feed from Levi for a three-point play that put the Grey Wolves up 15-0 with 3:12 remaining in the first.
Warren was all over the floor for the Grey Wolves, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds to go with his seven steals in what Prichett said he expects of the senior.
“He should be filling up the stat sheet,” Prichett said.
“He hasn’t really done it this year, but I feel like when he peaks and gets to be being his best, he can get a stat in every category in the book.”
“I just want to help my team the best way I can,” Warren added.
Prichett was also complimentary of Brewton, who had 14 points and seven rebounds — both game highs — along with three steals.
Levi also had three steals to go with eight points and four assists.
The Grey Wolves had 23 steals as a team as Levi said they are beginning to embrace playing at a high level on that end of the floor.
“It’s just starting to take a lot of pride in our defense because (Prichett) preaches it to us,” Levi said. “So it’s kind of getting fun when you start shutting everybody down.”
Yet despite the numbers Tuesday, Prichett said he felt the Grey Wolves’ had room for improvement on the defensive end, namely on the offensive and defensive glass.
But his players didn’t mind the criticism — in fact, they agreed.
Because even with a tournament championship and a No. 12 ranking to their name, the Grey Wolves aren’t planning on letting up any time soon.
“It feels good being No. 12,” Levi said, “but we’re still not satisfied and we’re still hungry.
“We can still improve.”