When Class 5A’s top-ranked Shawnee Lady Wolves decide to grant themselves an early cushion, they get greedy with it.
The Lady Wolves struck quick and struck often in riddling OKC Southeast 64-26 Thursday in the first round of the Arvest Bank/Sehorn Yamaha Shawnee Invitational at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
Shawnee took the opening tip and immediately got on the board via a bucket by senior Micaela Yu, and the lead grew to 7-0 as Yu dropped in another jumper following Bailey Taylor’s first hook-up in an eventual onslaught of bombs.
Taylor, a sophomore, canned 16 of her game-high 23 points in the first quarter, going 4-for-4 on 3-point field goals in the first 7:10 of play. She offered up a fifth attempt at the buzzer that just missed the mark.
The Lady Wolves led 26-9 to start the second quarter, and they stretched that advantage to 36-13 by halftime.
Sophomore Shaiann Tramble took her turn at the long shot, netting two in the first couple of minutes of the second stanza. She added a third one in the third quarter, while Taylor added her fifth and final trey of the day.
Yu converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:01 left in the third, and the Lady Wolves carried a 43-point lead — their largest of the game — into the fourth quarter.
SHS coach Wendi Wells substituted liberally, and Southeast’s Lady Spartans picked up 11 fourth-quarter points against Shawnee reserves.
Shawnee came up dry on free throws in the first half, missing four attempts, but the Lady Wolves went on to hit six of 11 tries (54.5 percent) in the third quarter. Yu led in that category at 3-for-3, and Taylor finished at 2-for-2.
The Lady Spartans went 0-for-4 on charities.
In other girls’ bracket games Thursday, Class 5A’s No. 18 McAlester topped 17th-ranked Ardmore 54-42, and fifth-ranked Tulsa Edison knocked off Northwest Classen, 66-53. Class 6A’s No. 19 Stillwater got the best of 5A’s No. 19 El Reno, 60-53.
In Friday’s semifinals, Stillwater and Tulsa Edison will face off at 3:30 p.m., and Shawnee will take on McAlester at 6:30 p.m. In consolation action Friday, Southeast and Ardmore will play at 9:30 a.m., and El Reno and NW Classen will meet at 12:30 p.m.