The Preble Shawnee Arrows basketball team and cheerleaders - Preble Shawnee Holiday Tournament Champions. (Chris Tilton photo)

Shawnee Arrows Use Shock and Awe in Win Over South

Arrows earn 70-44 Preble Shawnee Holiday Tournament Championship with win over Twin Valley South

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CAMDEN – Host Preble Shawnee was victorious in the championship bracket of the Holiday Tournament. They earned their way with a win over Union County from across the border in Liberty, IN.  South was the other team that made their way to the Championship game with a win over rival Tri-County North the previous day.  But Shawnee used shock and awe on the court to propel themselves to an early lead. A fast paced offense and aggressive defense put South on their heels.  Shawnee would assert themselves on this night with a 70-44 victory.

The two schools are only about 10 miles apart and so the game was well attended.  The gym was close to capacity with a loud crowd from each side. It was almost a playoff type of atmosphere, both teams came into the game with winning records and there was a lot of speculation on who would come out on top.

It was a statement game for Shawnee. South has gotten a lot of talk early in the season with their turnaround so far.  Already South has won more games in this season than they have the past two years.  But Shawnee basketball had a late start due to their football playoff run and then they had illness. They have had a full squad for just over a week.  So they wanted to let folks know that the Arrows are back at full strength and it erupted on the court this past week.

Shawnee Coach Turner on illness and football, “We are getting closer where we need to be.  We are still two weeks away from getting to where we want to be. This is our first full week with everyone on the team. Guys are buying in and believing on what we are doing. Basketball at the level we want to be at is not easy to do.“

Shawnee broke open the game with a furiously fast tempo on offense.  Ripping a rebound and getting it down court for a layup.  Full court pressure on defense – harrying South guards all the way down the court. South seemed out of sorts with the pressure on defense and the speed of the Arrows up and down the court in transition. The Arrows zoomed out to a 13-0 lead right out of the gate.  Jandon Ankrom put South on the scoreboard at the 4:33 mark.  But Shawnee would have a firm 24-8 lead at the end of the quarter.

Shawnee coach Turner, “We preach getting out to a fast start. We struggled out last couple of games getting out to a flat start. But this is our first time playing in front of a large crowd, they thrived off of that.”

TVS coach Innis: “We knew coming out their firepower and how deadly they could be and we knew we could not afford a slow start. We knew they were good and we wanted to see where we would be. We spotted them 13-points against a really, really good ball team and that is hard to overcome. It’s hard to climb over that big of a lead when they are so good.”

He continued, “It was a deer in the headlights moment. We were not ready for the big stage. It was a packed house. We did not come out and meet their quickness and physicality, it handcuffed us for the rest of the game.”

Shawnee closed out the first half with a 12-2 run to cement their momentum going into the locker room. Mason Shrout did the bulk of the scoring during this run.  The sophomore would account for a game high 34-points, 17-points of these were from free throws. South gave extra focus to him on defense and it was rare for him to get off an uncontested shot, hence the high number of trips to the foul line.  It was 45-19 at halftime.  

Coach Innis, “We gave their guards to many open drives to the basket; Shrout in particular was able to drive to the basket.  We had too many breakdowns mentally.”

Coach Turner, “Mason Shrout is a great team player. There is no selfishness to him at all. He’s a team player – he shares the basketball. He rebounds, he can play guard – he is a good all around player. Xavier Adams – this is the best that I have seen him play since he has been here. He was so aggressive on both ends – offense and defense. His effort was great, he was all over the court. And Cooper Roell is our point guard and team captain.  I thought defensively he was unbelievable tonight. He gave their point guard a lot of trouble. His shooting is off a little, but its going to come. That’s why we keep telling him to shoot the ball.”

South got frustrated in the second half.  A technical was called on the South bench in the third quarter and in the last quarter a shoving match on the court ended in a second technical.  South simply could not rally in the second half and they could not get any traction on offense and that made tempers short.  Shawnee was able to empty their bench and give minutes to everyone in their scorebook.  South will be able to take a second crack at the Arrows when they meet next month in their scheduled league game. 

Coach Innis: “Now we didn’t quit and we did some good things in the second half. There is no quit in these guys – they play with a lot of heart. I love how hard they work and how hard they compete. Offensively, we did not shoot well tonight. We did lose our composure – that is uncharacteristic of us. But we are going to regroup; we are 8-and-2 in 2021. We start the New Year with Valley View and we will recharge and go. We will see what we are and learn from this.”

Turner, “I was really proud of our effort tonight. We were locked in from the beginning – our energy was unbelievable. We go off our defense and our defense was active tonight – it lead to a lot of easy buckets for us tonight. Coach Graham had a great defensive game plan tonight. I am proud of the guys and they are having a great time and enjoying it. Anytime you win your own tournament it is a good feeling.”

Scoring for South: Grant Ulrich 2, Seth Vorhis 4, Jandon Ankrom 9, Cole Bishop 2, Logan Clark 4, Eric Allison 2, Lucus Sierving 8 

Scoring for Shawnee: Adams 12, Agee 6, Klapper 2, Haney 1, Reoll 6, Woodard 3, Shrout 34, Hawley 6.

The Arrows' Mason Shrout leads Preble Shawnee with 34-points to earn school's Holiday Tournament title. (Chris Tilton photo)
Grant Ulrich puts up a Panthers shot in South's play at Preble Shawnee Holiday Tournament. (Chris Tilton photo)
Xavier Adams scores for the Arrows in the team's championship win over TVS. (Chris Tilton photo)
South's Jandon Ankrom scores for the Panthers in Preble Shawnee Holiday Tournament action with the Arrows. (Chris Tilton photo)
The Preble Shawnee Holiday Tournament Champion Arrows. (Chris Tilton photo)

Chris Tilton / Correspondent

Chris Tilton has covered sports in Southwest Ohio for the past 23 years and has lived in Southwest Ohio most of his life. He is mostly retired and continues to enjoy travel in the USA and hs been to Asia and Europe. Chris continues to work as a freelance writer. His Hobbies include fishing and computer gaming. Chris lives on a 32 acre farm in the Camden area. He has 10 grandchildren the he enjoys spending time with when he is not covering sports or traipsing around the country.

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