SHAWNEE – Makyra Tramble had 18 points to earn her MVP award as No. 16 in Class 6A Shawnee took down 4A No. 4 Ardmore 41-35 in the championship game of the Shawnee Invitational Saturday. Tramble scored half of Shawnee's first half points and had three 3-pointers in the game.
Tramble has always been one that Shawnee coach Wendi Wells could count on, but over the last few weeks she has become an even bigger threat.
“She's playing really aggressive offensively and defensively; and when she plays that hard, it's hard to match up,” Wells said.
Jasmine Martinez hit a 3-pointer to kick the game off and Monica Brooks made two baskets to go on a 7-0 run early. Ardmore's J'sades Ainsworth responded with two buckets of her own to get the Lady Tigers into the game and Tramble bounced back with her first triple of the night to go ahead 10-4 with 2:50 left in the first. Ainsworth suffered a minor injury late into the first half but made a return to the court in the second.
Tramble, Ardmore's Sierra Gordon and Kasey Rice each connected on three's to start the second quarter and Shawnee went into the break with a 24-19 advantage.
Wells tried to switch things up and have her girls keep Ardmore in front of them more in the latter half.
“We had to make an adjustment,” she said. “Instead of playing high-side, defensively to just go ahead and square them up and play them heads up instead of having to go around so much.”
Gordon drained another trey to start the second half and shrink Shawnee's lead to two, but a free-throw by Tramble and back-to-back 3-pointers from Rice quickly pushed out Shawnee's lead. Gordon made a steal and basket to close out the third with a 36-27 Shawnee lead.
Tramble and Rice made back-to-back buckets to start the fourth and Ardmore went on an 8-1 run to close things out.
Gordon tied Tramble with 18 points and Ainsworth had nine. The Lady Tigers were 9-12 from the line.
Rice finished with 14 for Shawnee and Brooks had six. Shawnee hit seven 3-pointers as a team with Rice and Tramble each landing three and Martinez hitting the other. The Lady Wolves had a rough night from the line, where they were 2-9 as a team.
Brooks was named to the All-Tournament team for Shawnee and Ainsworth was given the nod for Ardmore.
Shawnee (12-3) will travel to Ada Tuesday where they will try to extend their win streak to six.