OWASSO — Shawnee couldn’t overcome a dismal first half and fell to third-ranked Owasso, 46-37, in Monday’s Class 6A regional championship matchup.
The Lady Wolves, ranked 16th, registered only three field goals, including one trey, in dropping into a 26-12 intermission hole.
Senior Monica Brooks of Shawnee scored 10 third-quarter points — on five field goals — as the Lady Wolves outscored the hosts 14-2 to pull within 28-26. Owasso’s two points came on Mya Bhinhar’s free throws.
The fourth quarter belonged to Owasso’s Terryn Milton. After posting six points on two 3-point field goals in the opening half, Milton ripped Shawnee for 13 points over the last eight minutes as Owasso went on an 18-11 tear.
Milton sank five fourth-quarter field goals, including a 3-pointer, and went 2 of 3 from the charity stripe.
Brooks led Shawnee with 16 points. Makyra Tramble finished with 9 points, including a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
Jasmine Martinez posted Shawnee’s only other 3-point field goal.
Tiya Douglas of Owasso compiled 10 points, all coming in the second quarter as Shawnee was outscored 16-7.
Shawnee was 5 of 8 from the charity stripe, all in the first half. Owasso finished at 5 of 9 from the line, including 4 of 7 in the second half.
The Lady Wolves had already earned an area tournament berth by virtue of a 53-49 victory over Sapulpa Friday night. With the loss to Owasso, Shawnee must win two area tournament games to advance to the state tournament.
That quest begins at 8 p.m. Thursday against 11th-ranked Norman North at Claremore. North lost to fifth-ranked Westmoore 59-41 in a regional final.