In Labette’s first matchup against a JV team this season, the 15th-ranked Cardinals flew past Oklahoma Wesleyan JV 92-49 on Friday night.
Labette, which is now 5-3 overall on the season, shot a season-high 51.4% from the field (38-of-74). However, the Cardinals weren’t as hot from behind the arc as Labette shot 26.3% on 3-pointers.
“We finished at the rim well,” Labette head coach Mitch Rolls said. “We didn’t shoot the three well...if we’re going to take 20 threes, I’d like to make at least seven, 10, somewhere around there.”
Point guard Denijsha Wilson led Labette with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting while adding five rebounds, five steals and four assists to her night’s tally.
“She played her typical game, whether it was a JV or not,” Rolls said. “She’s always instant offense, and she did a good job defensively as well.”
Wilson’s team-high five steals were part of 15 total steals gathered by the Cardinals — their second straight game with at least 15 takeaways.
“You’ve got to credit the kids with that,” Rolls said. “We’ve got one of the fastest teams in the country. They’re taught to play hard and play fast. So I like what they’re doing. They’re figuring out our system.”
Rolls ultimately felt the value from Friday night’s blowout came from getting every active player minutes on the floor.
“Everybody got out there and contributed in one way or another,” Rolls said. “We played a lot of people that hadn’t seen a lot of playing time. I was glad that some of the freshmen came off the bench and did a good job.”
Among the freshmen that stood out was Shanice Uwase, who scored a season-high 10 points to go along with four assists.
“She’s one of our most skilled offensive players,” Rolls said. “She’s trying to adjust to the college game. So it’s good to see her shoot the ball well tonight.”
Labette returns to action at home on Monday against Washburn JV, a team the Cardinals lost to last year, in its final tilt before Thanksgiving break.
“They’re the best JV team in the country,” Rolls said. “I’m calling it right now. We have to be prepared. They’re called a JV team but have several varsity players. A good program like Washburn will have players that can come out and play well. We play them twice, and that’s two hard games. We’re not counting them as a JV.”
No. 15 Labette 92, Oklahoma Wesleyan JV 49
Labette: 25 20 27 20 — 92
Wesleyan: 10 13 9 17 — 49
Labette: Kymora Westerfield 9, Jayla Smith 6, Gift Sampson 4, Shanice Uwase 10, Nicole Ajayi 8, Jamiela Moore 8, Denijsha Wilson 18, Ariah Powell 7, Dedriona Pope 4, Angel Williams 14, Taylor Watkins 4
Oklahoma Wesleyan JV: Eleste Clement 6, Abby Fernandez 2, Monica Wilson 5, Caitlyn Eubank 4, Nia Hill 6, Autumn Roybal 14, Grace Barnett 3, Mackenzie Smith 9