Defending state champion Shawnee saw its 17-game winning streak come to a halt Friday night with a 62-52 loss to Chickasha in a regular-season finale.
Shawnee, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, is 21-2 with its only other setback coming to Bixby Dec. 8 in the championship game of the Bixby Tournament.
Shawnee led 27-24 at the intermission but was out-scored 13-6 in the third quarter and trailed 37-33. The Fighting Chicks then completed the upset by winning the final eight minutes by a 25-19 count.
“Chickasha played really well and we didn’t,” Shawnee coach Wendi Wells said. “We weren’t ready to play.
“We are very young. It was just the second or third tight game of the year for our freshmen. It’s a learning process because they haven’t been in that kind of situation where they aren’t up on the score near the end of the game.”
Junior McKenzie Cooper and senior Micaela Yu spearheaded Shawnee with 16 points apiece. No other Shawnee player had more than six points.
The Lady Wolves were just 19-of-50 from the field for 38 percent. Shawnee was only 4-of-18 from 3-point range.
Chickasha was 19-of-29 from the floor for 65.5 percent. The victors were 22-of-29 from the charity stripe while Shawnee was 10-of-11.
Cooper led Shawnee in the rebounding department with five.
The Lady Wolves finished the Suburban Conference season at 7-1.
The Lady Wolves will tangle with Capitol Hill next week in regional-tournament play at the Shawnee High School Athletic Center.
Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.