By Matthew Girard
Killeen Daily Herald
Shoemaker's two-game win streak came to an abrupt end Saturday afternoon as the Lady Grey Wolves fell to the Waco Lady Lions in the consolation bracket championship game of the Lady Grey Wolves Invitational at Shoemaker High School.
With the help of 11 Shoemaker turnovers and three 3-pointers by Waco's Celicia Williams in the first quarter, the Lady Lions jumped out to a 21-4 lead and eventually rolled to a 56-29 victory to take home the trophy.
Despite advancing to the consolation championship game with a 37-27 win against San Angelo Central earlier in the day, Shoemaker (4-9) couldn't find an answer to Waco's full-court press and didn't hit its first field goal of the game – an Adrienne Davis 3-pointer – until 6:13 was left in the first half.
While the Lady Grey Wolves struggled shooting the ball, the Lady Lions' poured it on as Mercedes Stanley (6 points, 4 rebounds) hit Waco's fourth 3-pointer of the first quarter and Channel Beverly added two more in the second to give the Lady Lions a 34-16 lead at the break.
"It was a lot of their pressure and us not executing," Shoemaker coach Shauna Showers said of her teams' struggles on Saturday. "When we did execute and break the press, it just seemed like we came out scatter-brained. I don't know what it was, but it just seemed like we weren't connected at all."
Although Davis scored eight of her 11 points in the second quarter, the senior standout picked up her fourth foul with 1:12 left in the first half and was relegated to the bench until halfway through the fourth quarter. Without Davis, who averaged 16.3 points in her six tournament games, the Lady Grey Wolves sputtered and scored just 13 points in the final two quarters.
Shoemaker also struggled at the free-throw line, hitting just 12 of its 28 attempts.
Showers said the Lady Lions' pressure effected every facet of the Lady Grey Wolves' game.
"Every other game our free throws have gone in and I didn't see that as being a problem, but the pressure at the beginning kind of got us and it took us a while to recover," Showers said.
Despite the loss and scoring just 56 points in two games on Saturday, Showers said she was pleased that her team was able to win three games during the weekend.
"We are excited about that," Showers said of getting to the consolation championship game. "I told the girls, 'We can't be some-timesy anymore. If we want to be ready for Dec. 16 (the district opener), we are going to have to start stepping up and improve every game.' We are going to have to continue to move forward instead of coming back."
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