A 17-point night off the bench from Denijsha Wilson coupled with a near double-double from starter Jayla Smith helped propel the No. 14 Labette Cardinals back to .500 with a 74-63 win over Allen on Tuesday night.
Wilson, a sophomore guard, scored her 17 on 4-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 on 3-pointers and 7-of-8 on free throws.
“She’s instant offense,” Labette head coach Mitch Rolls said. “She got hot early. Whether they’re in a zone or man, she’s our go-to kid when we need a bucket.”
Smith, a freshman, added 15 points on 4-of-14 shooting and also pulled down nine rebounds.
“She needs to be more efficient shooting wise,” Rolls said. “But she’s rebounded the heck out of the ball all year. She gives us that and needs to continue to look to score the basketball.”
While the Cardinals led the Red Devils for most of the night, including the entire second half, Labette struggled offensively. The Cardinals shot just 30.6% from the field, 28% from behind the arc and 65.9% at the charity stripe.
“Maybe it’s a product of playing three games in five days,” Rolls said. “But we haven’t shot the ball well all year. Hopefully the kids take it as a sign to get in the gym, put shots up and take care of business.”
Rolls added that Allen’s zone wreaked havoc on the Cardinals’ offensive flow.
“Allen came out in that zone and it gave us troubles,” Rolls said. “Shooting 19-for-62 is something we’ve got to fix. It was short week getting a scout on Allen, but I don’t feel like we did a good job executing defensively at all.”
Other standouts for the Cardinals included a 10-point, seven-rebound night from Angel Williams and nine points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds from Gift Sampson.
“Both of them do a really good job together,” Rolls said.
Courtney Crippen led Allen with 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
The Cardinals improved their record to 2-2 on the year with the win, while Allen dropped to 2-4 with the loss.
Labette now gets two days of rest before heading up north for the Barton Classic, where the Cardinals will face Division I No. 7 Hutchinson on Friday then Barton on Saturday.
“The only thing we’re worried about is Hutch,” Rolls said. “They’re one of the best teams in the country. So we’ve got to prepare. The next night, it’ll be the same story.”
No. 14 Labette 74, Allen 63
Allen: 20 10 12 21 — 63
Labette: 21 17 11 25 — 74
Labette: Kymora Westerfield 6, Jayla Smith 15, Gift Sampson 6, Diamond Jones 9, Nicole Ajayi 4, Denijsha Wilson 17, Jordan Chiles 4, Angel Williams 10, Taylor Watkins 3
Allen: Gabby Guzman 10, Courtney Crippen 18, Taryn Kelley 10, Brandi Jordan 7, Kyla Gipson 4, Alejandra Handle 1, Zariah Sango 13