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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Top-ranked Lady Wolves hammer Lady Cougars, 58-24

  • Someone once said “you can’t win if you can’t score,” and that fact hit home for Ada’s Lady Cougars Tuesday night as the stingy Shawnee defense helped propel the Lady Wolves to a 58-24 win in the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
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  • Someone once said “you can’t win if you can’t score,” and that fact hit home for Ada’s Lady Cougars Tuesday night as the stingy Shawnee defense helped propel the Lady Wolves to a 58-24 win in the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
     
    Class 5A’s defending state champion, and now top-ranked Lady Wolves, held Class 4A’s No. 17 Ada to single digits in all four quarters. The Lady Cougars picked up just three field goals in the first half, and all of those were in the first quarter.
     
    Shawnee led 17-8 after the first, and 33-13 at the half.
     
    “We have really been on them a lot lately about defense, taking care of the ball and valuing each possession,” said Shawnee head coach Wendi Wells, whose crew now bears a 7-1 mark. “I was really pleased tonight.”
     
    When all was said and done, only three Ada players had made it into the scoring column. Aaliyah Blakely led the Lady Cougars with 15 points, including a 4-for-7 effort at the free throw line.
     
    “Sometimes with our youth, we just get away from what makes us successful,” Wells said. “But they played with a lot of poise tonight, and we still took good shots. Defensively we’ve still got to work a little bit on angles, but they’re really starting to pick stuff up.”
     
    Wells starts just one senior and one junior, while starting a freshman and two sophomores.
     
    Two of those starters — junior McKenzie Cooper and sophomore Bailey Taylor — combined for 32 of Shawnee’s points Tuesday. Each scored nine first-half points en route to ending the night tied for a game-high 16.
     
    Taylor went 3-for-5 from 3-point range in the first quarter for her first-half nine.
     
    Shawnee’s bench provided nine points, including sophomore Niki Yu’s four. Those came via back-to-back buckets in the final 60 seconds to close out the scoring and put the hosts up by their largest lead of 34 points.
     
    Sophomore Shaiann Tramble added eight points for the Lady Wolves, and freshman Monique Tramble netted six.
     
    Shawnee finished the contest with seven treys — three from Taylor and two from Shaiann Tramble.
     
    The Lady Wolves were 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) from the foul line, and the Lady Cougars were 7-for-13 (53.8 percent). Ada picked up three shots from beyond the arc.
    Page 2 of 2 - Sami Jewett went 3-for-4 from the stripe for Ada and finished with six points.
     
    The Lady Wolves will close out the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule with a home game Friday opposite Suburban Conference foe and 19th-ranked Guthrie.
     
    Shawnee was bumped up to first this week after starting the season ranked third.
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