For the second time this season, Shawnee’s Lady Wolves trumped Lawton MacArthur for a crown — but this one carried a little more clout.


For the second time this season, Shawnee’s Lady Wolves trumped Lawton MacArthur for a crown — but this one carried a little more clout.
The Lady Wolves bested Lawton Mac 44-24 in January for the Arvest Shawnee Shootout title, then riddled the Lady Highlanders 49-18 Saturday for a Class 5A regional title. The regional was held at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
Shawnee is now a regional champ for only the second time in the program’s history, and the Lady Wolves now have 22 wins in an already record season. Shawnee (22-2) was ranked fourth in 5A at the end of the regular season.
“I thought they played really well. They came out swinging,” SHS head coach Wendi Wells said of Saturday’s outing. “I was proud of them. They played under control.”
Wells praised the efforts of 5-10 sophomore Micaela Yu, who led all scorers on the day with 17 points.
“She came out and played so well. I was so proud of her,” Wells said.
Yu came off the bench and offered up 11 first-half points.
Junior Caitlyn Ramirez was fouled right out of the gate and hit the backside of the two-shot foul to give Shawnee a 1-0 lead just eight seconds into the game. Lawton Mac then took a 2-1 edge less than 20 seconds later, but it was the only Lady Highlander lead of the day.
Ramirez put Shawnee in front 5-2, and junior Kelsee Grovey’s first of two 3-point connections sparked a 10-2 surge that put the Lady Wolves out in front by a 15-6 count to start the second quarter.
The Lady Highlanders were ultimately held to single digits in every quarter.
Diamond Young gave Shawnee a 17-6 lead early in the second, and Yu finished out the quarter with eight points for a 25-11 halftime cushion.
Assisted by senior Taylor Fluke, Grovey sank her second trey to start the second half, and senior Kaylee Allen followed with a rainmaker to give the Lady Wolves a 20-point lead with 6:05 left in the third. Shawnee built its lead to 31 points halfway through the fourth quarter, and that margin stuck for the final as the teams traded one last bucket apiece in the last 33 seconds.
Ramirez came away with 11 points, while Grovey finished with 10 and Allen finished with seven. No Lawton MacArthur player scored more than four points.
Wells cleared her bench over the final eight minutes of play, and a total of six Lady Wolves made it into the scoring column.
Shawnee garnered a total of three shots from 3-point range, and MacArthur finished with two. The Lady Wolves, led by Ramirez at 3-of-5, was 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) on foul shots. The Lady Highlanders canned six of 11 (54.5 percent) of their charity tosses.
Shawnee will enter next week’s Class 5A area tournament in the winners bracket and will need just one win there to advance to state. The Lady Highlanders go to area in the losers bracket and must win two to move on.
The Lady Wolves will play the Carl Albert-Duncan winner on March 3 at a yet-to-be-determined time and location.
“We’re just excited for the opportunity next week,” Wells said. “These kids have worked so hard, starting last summer, with this specific goal in mind. Hopefully they can finish what they started.”