CLAREMORE — A red-hot shooting night propelled Shawnee’s 16th-ranked girls to a 50-36 blitz of 11th-ranked Norman North Thursday night in a Class 6A area tournament elimination game.
The Lady Wolves knocked down 54.8 percent (17 of 31) of their field goals, including 3 of 10 shots from 3-point range.
Shawnee held just a 29-28 lead after three quarters but went on a 21-8 tear over the final eight minutes. The Lady Wolves outscored North 29-16 in the second half.
Lauren Fields of Shawnee led all scorers with 19 points. hitting all six of her charity tosses.
Shawnee was 13 of 16 from the line.
SHS senior Kasey Rice had a quality overall game with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. She was 6 of 6 from the line.
Makyra Tramble added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
In the deciding final quarter, Rice collected eight points — two field goals and 4 of 4 from the line. Tramble chalked up 7 points in the final quarter, including two treys.
Fields had the bulk of her offensive firepower in the opening half with 13 points, including 4-of-4 free throws.
Shawnee faces a stern test at 3 p.m. Saturday against Bartlesville at Tulsa Webster High School. The Lady Wolves must prevail to advance to next week’s state tournament.
Norman North was just the opposite of Shawnee on the shooting end. The Lady Timberwolves were accurate on just 26 percent of their field-goal attempts, including 6-of-23 from beyond the arc. Norman North was 8 of 12 from the line.
Shawnee committed 12 turnovers. Norman North had 10.