For the Shawnee Lady Wolves, making deep runs in the playoffs is becoming a habit.
For the fourth straight year, the Shawnee girls basketball team made it to at least the state semifinals under head coach Wendi Wells, falling to Deer Creek 33-29 in Tulsa in mid-March.
During that span, the Lady Wolves have picked up a state championship and a runner-up finish.
This year’s squad, which finished with a record of 26-1 took on all comers in the 2013-14 season, winning three regular season tournament titles and defeating seven Class 5A teams ranked in the top-10.
The Lady Wolves also claimed wins over 4A top-10 teams Ada and Mount St. Mary in December.
But it was in January and February when the Lady Wolves did their best work, defeating Deer Creek, Choctaw, Piedmont, Carl Albert and Chickasha.
Of their 26 wins, 20 of those were by double-digits. It was the second straight year that Shawnee’s season was ended by Deer Creek. The Lady Antlers won 59-44 in the state championship game in 2013.
The Lady Wolves were led by their only senior, McKenzie Cooper, who signed with Oklahoma Baptist University in the spring.
Next year’s squad will feature seven seniors and five juniors, leaving the Lady Wolves primed for another run at the state title in 2014.