Twice is nice, but thrice is even better.
Shawnee’s Lady Wolves, Class 5A’s top-ranked team and defending state champions, reaped their third consecutive title of the Arvest Bank/Sehorn Yamaha Shawnee Invitational by leveling Class 6A’s No. 19 Stillwater 51-18 Saturday night.
Shawnee’s Micaela Yu almost matched the Lady Pioneers by herself with a game-high 16 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Yu was named the tournament’s most valuable player, and teammate Bailey Taylor was named to the all-tournament team.
Stillwater’s Austyn Iven was also named to the all-tournament team.
The Lady Pioneers never got closer than a 9-all tie early in the second quarter, and they were in a 17-9 rut at the onset of the second half. The Lady Wolves blitzed Stillwater 17-3 in the third quarter, and 17-6 in the fourth.
“The big thing for us is after struggling last night, we came in mentally prepared,” SHS head coach Wendi Wells said. “Our cuts were better and we played harder.”
Shawnee dominated first-round opponent Southeast, 64-26, before claiming a difficult 28-20 win over McAlester in the semifinals.
“When these kids play hard, there’s no limits to what they can do,” Wells said. “We just have to get ourselves to that point — where we are mentally prepared for every game.”
The win over McAlester was Wells’ 100th with the Lady Wolves, and her team now sits at 16-1 on the season in preparation for homecoming festivities Tuesday night against Suburban Conference foe Western Heights.
Shawnee’s McKenzie Cooper netted a dozen points in Saturday’s title game, and Taylor added seven. Shawnee’s bench notched 10 points.
Lauren Stettnisch picked up six points for Stillwater, and Kayla Klaus supplied five. Iven finished with four.
The Lady Wolves were 6-for-10 (60 percent) on charity tosses, including a 2-for-2 effort from Niki Yu. The Lady Pioneers were 4-for-6 (66.7 percent) as Klaus went 2-for-2.
In other tournament games Saturday, McAlester edged Tulsa Edison 52-51 for third place; Ardmore squeezed past El Reno 54-51 for the consolation crown; and Northwest Classen took seventh with a 46-24 win over Southeast.