SHAWNEE – Deer Creek transfer and Cal State commit Lauren Fields showed her athleticism and energy to the Shawnee crowd as she made her home debut Friday night in a 45-29 win over El Reno. Fields came off the bench halfway through the first quarter and made an immediate impact on the Lady Wolves squad – leading Shawnee in the win with 15 points.
Fields came up big for Shawnee in the fourth with several steals and seven points in the Lady Wolves' 14-7 run following a disappointing third quarter where El Reno had five points and the Lady Wolves put up four.
“In the fourth quarter, we needed a little spark,” coach Wendi Wells said. “Whether it was from Lauren's defense or Jasmine (Martinez) knocked down some free-throws. It was just everybody in the fourth quarter contributed at some point.”
El Reno's Jaylin Reveles made a 3-pointer to start the game, but the Lady Wolves responded with 10 unanswered capped on a trey by Kasey Rice to take a 10-3 lead halfway through the first quarter. The two teams traded buckets before Makyra Tramble put in a layup and drained a three to close the first. Fields added a bucket to start the second and Shawnee went ahead 19-8. Fields got a tip-in and dished an assist to Rice to send the Lady Wolves into the lockers with a 27-17 lead.
Both teams were dry to start the second half, but a long jumper from Fields ended the draught with 5:27 left in the quarter. Shawnee went cold for the next five minutes as El Reno shortened the Lady Wolves' lead by five. Rice ended the cold spell with a shot with 35 seconds left to take Shawnee into the fourth with a 31-22 advantage.
One thing that impressed Wells about her girls' defense was how well they handled the press, something they don't typically use on opposing teams.
“The fact that we never press and then all of a sudden we just threw out a press, I thought they did really good,” she said.
Tramble had 10, Rice finished with nine and Martinez put in seven. Tramble had 11 boards, three blocks and three steals to finish with a double-double and Rice had five rebounds and three dimes.
Fields transferring in so late in the season requires her and the team to learn how to work together and is resulting in lineup changes, but Wells said the team has been very accepting and understanding of those changes.
“She's a great kid and she meshes well with our kids... the thing I really have to compliment our kids on, is our kids have been great about it,” Wells said.
The No. 15 in Class 6A Lady Wolves move to 14-3 on the season with the win. They travel to 5A No. 15 Guthrie next week. Shawnee beat Guthrie 50-27, Jan. 12.