Scots 2011-12 Season in Review

Jul 10, 2012

Tray Wheeler sets up a play against rival Topeka High on February 14, 2012.


The 2011-12 Highland Park Scots advanced to the state tournament for the eighth time in 11 years under head coach Ken Darting.


The Scots finished with a 16-7 record falling to KC-Harmon in the first round of the 5A tournament at the Kansas Expocentre.


It was an up-and-down season for the young Scots, who started 5-1 before posting a 5-5 mark in their next 10 games.  Following a 16-point home loss to Emporia on Feb. 10, the Scots reeled off six straight victories to advance to the state tournament including avenging two losses to Emporia with a nine-point win over the Spartans in the sub-state final.


The Scots split their two games with rival Topeka High with both teams winning at home including a 58-31 blowout win for the Scots on Feb. 14.  Highland Park went 9-2 at home including 2-1 during the Topeka Invitational as the tournament hosts.


Sophomores Shaffee Carr and Jahmal McMurray each averaged 12.1 points a game to lead the team in scoring with Carr edging out McMurray by one point in total points.


Carr, a versatile 6-foot-5 forward, shot 58 percent from the floor and scored a season-high 21 points twice against Coffeyville and Seaman.  Carr scored in double figures in 16 of 23 games while starting 22.


McMurray, a 5-foot-11 shooting guard, connected on 43 percent of his shots from the floor, 94 percent from the free-throw line, and a team-best 58 3-pointers.  He scored a season-high 24 points at Hayden including five points in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime.


Junior guard Steffon Kyles finished third on the team in scoring averaging 8.7 points a game despite starting 13 of 23 games.  Kyles shot 47 percent and was second on the team with 22 treys.  Kyles provided a huge boost in the sub-state final vs. Emporia scoring a season-high 17 points.


Junior point guard Tray Wheeler showed superb ballhandling and the ability to get to the rim as he averaged 6.3 points a game while starting all 23 games.


Junior forward O’Shai Clark rounded out the starting five averaging 5.9 points and shot 54 percent.


Hayden transfer Mike Johnson was the only senior in the Scots top 11 scorers.  Johnson had to sit out the first six games due to KSHSAA transfer rules.  Johnson scored a season-high 17 against Seaman, but lost his starting job to Kyles down the stretch.  Johnson averaged 6.0 points a game.


The Scots also received steady contributions off the bench from sophomore Jovan Barksdale, junior Jamon Fulton, freshman Tony Barksdale Jr., junior Pat Glover, and freshman Tez Scroggins—each of which scored in double figures at least once during the season although only Scroggins (58 percent) shot better than 40 percent.