For the Shawnee Lady Wolves, the opening playoff game jitters lasted all of about two minutes before handing the visiting Capitol Hill Lady Redskins a 65-14 beatdown Thursday night.


For the Shawnee Lady Wolves, the opening playoff game jitters lasted all of about two minutes before handing the visiting Capitol Hill Lady Redskins a 65-14 beatdown Thursday night. Shawnee, by virtue of its’ stellar 20-2 regular-season record, played host to the Class 5A regional, which will conclude on Saturday inside the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
The contest had two ties and two lead changes that all occurred in the opening 2:17 of play. The Lady Wolves’ Mya Tramble opened the scoring on a layup, only to see Capitol Hill take a 5-4 lead on a Christina Toliver trey with 6:31.
When Caitlyn Ramirez scored her fourth point at the 5:43 mark, Shawnee took the lead at 6-5 and never even thought about looking back.
“After their first two possessions, we picked up our defensive inten- sity,” said Shawnee head coach Wendi Wells. “We got the playoff nerves out of the way.”
Shawnee finished the first quarter on an 18-0 run to take a 24-5 lead and tightened the defensive grip in the second quarter, allowing only one Lady Redskin field goal.
And there was plenty of Lady Wolves’ offense to go along with it.
Ramirez pounded the paint for 16 first-half points while Kelsee Grovey threw daggers at Capitol Hill from the outside. Grovey added all 13 of her points in the half. Ramirez finished the contest with a game-high 19.
“I was pleased with how we came out and played hard,” said Wells. “This is a very good start for our kids.”
The Shawnee reserves played most of the second half and J’Mee Cotton prospered. Cotton finished the game with 12 points. She scored all eight of Shawnee’s points in the fourth quarter.
After a day off today, the Lady Wolves will prepare for the Lawton MacArthur Lady Highlanders on Sat- urday afternoon to try and capture the regional title. Shawnee has already advanced into next week’s area tournament, but a win on Saturday
will propel the Lady Wolves into the winners bracket of play.
Lawton MacArthur advanced to the regional championship game with a thrilling 37-36 win over El Reno. With no time remaining on the clock, El Reno’s Miranda Marquez went to the free throw line, trailing by one, but missed both charity tosses, sending the Lady Highlanders into the title match.
Shawnee beat Lawton MacArthur earlier in the season, 44-24, at the Shawnee Shootout. Shawnee led by a slim 18-14 margin after the first half before pulling away for the win.
“They (Lawton MacArthur) had a tough win tonight,” said coach Wells. “They will really fight you and we will need to take care of the ball and continue to make good decisions.”
The tipoff is set for 1:30 on Saturday afternoon.