SHAWNEE — The Shawnee Lady Wolves began their postseason the right way Thursday with a 67-23 win over the handle Capitol Hill Lady Redskins at the Shawnee Performing Arts and Athletic Center.

SHAWNEE — The Shawnee Lady Wolves began their postseason the right way Thursday with a 67-23 win over the handle Capitol Hill Lady Redskins at the Shawnee Performing Arts and Athletic Center.

Shawnee began the game on an 11-0 run and were up 39-4 at halftime. The wide margin allowed the hosts to utilize their entire bench, said Wendi Wells, Shawnee girls head basketball coach.

“It was a chance to have everyone play,” she said. “We got the whole bench in. That way everyone gets a little playoff experience.”

Game experience in the playoffs can benefit team, Wells added.

“When you put them at other times they relax cause it’s not as big of a game,” she said.

Sophomore Kelsey Simmons led Shawnee with 15 points.  Three players had eight points for the Lady Wolves: junior Shaiann Tramble 8, sophomore Bailey Mackey, and senior McKenzie Cooper.

Senior Justice Deal led Capitol Hill with a game-high 19 points.

Up next for Shawnee will be Guthrie. The Lady Wolves and Lady Bluejays face off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday inside the Shawnee Performing Arts and Athletic Center.

Guthrie beat Southeast 57-45 earlier Thursday. Shawnee beat Guthrie in the teams’ two games earlier this season.

Wells said her team’s game plan won’t change for the game.

“Going into the playoffs every game is important,” she said.  “We wanna play well and execute…play good defense and not let them attack you.”

Note: Report compiled by Matt Caban.

Dale defense secures win

CANADIAN — Dale’s Lady Pirates grabbed an early lead and relied on their defense for a 47-29 win over Talihina in the Class 2A Area IV regional at Canadian Thursday.

The No. 15 Lady Pirates led 19-10 after the first quarter and increased their lead to 11 points (28-17) at halftime.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well in the second half,” Dale head coach Josh Forsythe said, “but we played good team defense.”

Dani Manning was the top Lady Pirate scorer with 17 points. Manning also pulled down seven rebounds, made two steals and three assists.

Brayden Newton also gave Dale double-digit points with 12, all from 3-point range.

Amber Robinson led Talihina with 10 points.

Next up for Dale is a clash with the No. 3 team in Class 2A, Preston, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Quinton.

Note: Report compiled by Brian King.

Prague pounded by No. 3 Washington

PRAGUE — The Lady Red Devils’ home-court advantage made little difference in their Class 3A regional opener Thursday as Prague suffered an 83-38 loss to No. 3 Washington.

Eleven Lady Warriors scored in the contest, led by Kelsey Johnson with 22 points.

Landrea Hixson and Lindsay Ouderkirk topped the Prague scoresheet with 10 points each.

The loss sends the Lady Red Devils to the consolation bracket, where they will face Lone Grove Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Okemah.

Note: Report compiled by Brian King.

Lady Savages end season with loss

HENRYETTA — Tecumseh’s girls had a fast start Thursday against Sequoyah Claremore but couldn’t sustain the momentum and ended their season with a 51-35 loss in Class 4A regional play.

“We made our first three buckets and had a 9-0 run early,” Tecumseh head coach Kyle Smith said, “but we didn’t finish.”

Sequoyah rallied to take the lead and kept it the rest of the game. The Lady Savages climbed back to within eight points in the fourth quarter before the Lady Eagles widened their lead.

Senior Sam Schovanec led Tecumseh with 14 points.

The Lady Savages finished their season with a record of 6-18.

Note: Report compiled by Brian King.