SHAWNEE – The Lady Wolves went down to the wire to beat 5A-No. 11 Carl Albert 50-48 at home Friday night.
The Shawnee girls led by nine going into the final two and a half minutes of the game, but the Lady Titans fought back with a late push, firing three daggers in the last minute of regulation to make it a 49-48 game in favor of Shawnee with 15 seconds left.
Makyra Tramble made the second of two free-throw opportunities to move ahead by 2 and give the Lady Titans control with 7.7 seconds on the game clock. Tramble earned her only foul of the game with 0.4 seconds left to send Lyric Cabral to the line in a one-and-one opportunity, where she missed her front-end attempt to bring an end to the game.
“Luckily we outlasted them. We knocked some free-throws down at the end. But we have got to learn to follow the game plan,” coach Wendi Wells said. “A lot of time we start going away from it. We talked with them a lot about not leaving certain shooters and we're not patient enough not to leave those shooters. We're still trying to chase and do other things.”
The Lady Wolves got off to a strong start with an 11-2 run in the first and though Carl Albert never led, they were never out of the fight.
Tramble earned a double-double to once again lead the No. 4 Lady Wolves with 18 points, 11 rebounds and two steals. Kasey Rice also finished in double digits with 14 points 4 rebounds and four assists, Logan Bonner had nine points and Ashley Kasterke finished with four.
The Lady Wolves ( 13-5) take on Western Heights Tuesday. They will rematch with the Lady Titans Feb. 13 at Carl Albert.