SHAWNEE – The pieces were all connecting for Shawnee Tuesday night to lead the 5A-No. 3 Lady Wolves past No. 4 Piedmont 62-38.
Kasey Rice put in 18 points to be a big factor in the win, on top of strong performances from Makyra Tramble, Logan Bonner and Kyla Tarpey.
“Kasey is like an energizer bunny, she is all over the place offensively, defensively, she cuts so well to the ball, she moves without the ball. You never know where she's gonna be,” coach Wendi Wells said. “Wherever the ball is, she's gonna go find it.”
Bonner hit a trey and Tarpey put in two buckets to start the game with a 7-0 run to the four minute mark. Rice went off for the rest of the quarter, putting up six points and rushing to make a big block on what would have been a breakaway basket to make it a one possession game with a minute left in the first.
The girls boosted their 16-11 advantage with a 14-10 run in the second helped on triples by Bonner and Tramble and capped on a pair of buckets from Rice to lead 30-21 at the halfway mark.
They had little difficulty holding the lead the rest of the way, dominating Piedmont in scoring and off the boards for several second chance opportunities.
Tramble completed the game with 15 points, Bonner 12 and Tarpey eight. Bonner knocked down four triples and Tramble had three.
Several of the girls have gotten their first starts this year and things are starting to click for the young team, Wells said.
“Kids are finally stepping up and believing that they can do it,”
The game was also the Senior Night contest and final regular season home game for seniors Bonner, Tarpey and Mackaila Palmore.
The Lady Wolves (17-5) travel to Guthrie Friday for their final game of the regular season. They will being their playoff run Thursday, Feb. 24, as they host Durant in regional play. They have a challenging road ahead of them with several difficult games to test their resolve as the season draws to an end.
“We've got bigger things coming up... it's going to be tough. There's no nights where you're like hey we can get this win,” Wells said.