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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Lady Wolves reach 5A title game

  • With junior standout McKenzie Cooper sidelined with a knee injury, top-ranked Shawnee out-scored third-ranked Carl Albert 6-2 in overtime Friday night for a 50-46 victory in a Class 5A state semifinal game at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center.
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  • Its leading scorer relegated to the role of a spectator, Shawnee’s girls knew they had to find a deep resolve.
     
    Did they ever.
     
    With junior standout McKenzie Cooper sidelined with a knee injury, top-ranked Shawnee out-scored third-ranked Carl Albert 6-2 in overtime Friday night for a 50-46 victory in a Class 5A state semifinal game at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center.
     
    By moving to 26-2 on the season, Shawnee has the opportunity to notch its second straight state title when it meets Deer Creek at 6 p.m. today at the Mabee Center.
     
    Deer Creek, like Shawnee a Suburban Conference member, eliminated Tulsa East Central 48-43 in Friday’s other semifinal game.
     
    Shawnee held a 43-37 lead with 1:52 left in regulation, only to score just one point — a free throw by Shaiann Tramble with 16 seconds to go.
     
    That gave Shawnee a 44-41 lead but Carl Albert’s Gioya Carter canned a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime. For Carter, who has signed with Oklahoma, it was her fourth 3-pointer of the game.
     
    Carl Albert went ice-cold in the extra session, missing all six of its shots from the floor. On one possession, the Lady Titans misfired on four shots.
     
    Carter had Carl Albert’s only OT points with two free throws that knotted the game at 46 with 1:06 to play.
     
    Shawnee quickly recaptured the lead as Bailey Taylor’s field goal made it 48-46 at the 41-second mark. After Carter missed a 3-point attempt, freshman Monique Tramble hit both ends of a one-and-one free-throw situation for the final margin. Taylor then iced the game, knocking a Titan pass into the backcourt.
     
    Monique Tramble, who had 10 points in Thursday’s quarterfinal decision over Piedmont, was vital in Cooper’s absence with a personal high of 11 points.
     
    Cooper, who was averaging 15 points a game, was injured in the second half against Piedmont.
     
    Carl Albert enjoyed a four-point lead on two opening-half occasions before settling for a 21-20 edge at the intermission.
     
    The Lady Wolves grabbed their initial lead at 14-13 on two Micaela Yu free throws a minute into the second quarter. Taylor, who was sent to the bench with two fouls before Yu’s charities, missed the remainder of the half.
     
    Yu recorded 11 first-half points on four field goals and 3-of-4 charity shots. Carter was Carl Albert’s top scorer in the opening half with 10 points.
     
    Page 2 of 2 - For the game, Yu had a team-leading 19 points and nine rebounds.
     
    Taylor added 15 points, including two treys early in the fourth quarter that keyed an 8-0 run as Shawnee turned a 35-31 deficit after three quarters into a 39-35 lead.
     
    Yu then added two field goals for the 43-37 lead before Carl Albert rallied to force the overtime.
     
    Shawnee was 12-of-16 from the free throw line in the game while Carl Albert was 9-of-14.
     
    The victors were 4-of-8 from beyond the 3-point line.
    Carl Albert, which connected on just eight of 30 shots from the floor in the second half and the overtime, finished the night at 15-of-50.
     
    Carl Albert out-rebounded Shawnee 34-25.
     
    Carter led the losers with 25 points, including 15 in the second half, and also garnered seven rebounds.
     
    Deer Creek also went 2-0 against Carl Albert this season. Shawnee inflicted a 65-51 defeat on Deer Creek in a Dec. 11 game in Shawnee.
     
    The Lady Wolves have captured 11 consecutive postseason victories. Shawnee is 6-1 in state tournament action over the past three seasons. The Lady Wolves are 9-0 in neutral-court action this season.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.

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