SHAWNEE – The Lady Wolves will play in the Shawnee Invitational Championship against familiar competition.
After a dominating 72-33 win over Stillwater, Shawnee moves on to face Ardmore for the fourth straight year.
The Lady Wolves won the last three matchups, with Ardmore taking the inaugural contest.
In Friday's tilt against the Lady Pioneers, Shawnee jumped out to a 21-6 first quarter lead fueled by smothering team defense.
Lauren Fields led the Lady Wolves with nine points in the first quarter.
By halftime, Shawnee stretched its lead to 43-23.
Fields led the way with 16 points in the first quarter. Aubrie Megehee contributed all 12 of her points in the first half. Throughout the contest, Megehee added four rebounds and two blocks.
Makyra Tramble took over in the third quarter, scoring 11 points. Stillwater scored six in the third and Shawnee led 59-29.
In the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, Laria McVea put in three baskets for a quick six points.
Tramble led the charge with 22 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. She knocked down six treys in the win.
Ashley Kasterke contributed five points, three rebounds and three steals off the bench, helping her team reach the championship round.
Class 6A No. 3 Shawnee (15-0) and 5A No. 2 Ardmore (16-0) will tip off Saturday at 7 p.m.
DeAndre Love put up an impressive stat line of 28 points and 12 rebounds but it wasn't enough as the Shawnee Wolves came up one point short, losing 76-75 in the consolation bracket at the 2018 Vision Bank Shawnee Invitational Friday afternoon.
The Wolves led 18-15 after the first quarter.
Shawnee also held a 38-32 lead at intermission.
With the game tied at 54-54 and time winding down in the third quarter, a Southeast player was issued a technical after committing a fouled. Tanner Morris missed both free throws and Jaylon Orange connected on the technical. As time expired in the third quarter, Shawnee led 55-54.
In the fourth quarter, Morris fouled Southeast sophomore Marcus Hines on a three-point attempt. Hines knocked down all three attempts. After the made throws, Shawnee led 70-69.
With 1:31 remaining in the game, Tyler Huebert made a layup that gave Shawnee a 72-69 advantage.
A few moments later, with :28 seconds on the clock, Huebert attempted a cross-court bounce pass that was intercepted by J'Lynn Counter who went in for a score that made it 75-74 in favor of Shawnee.
Shawnee was unable to score on their possession.
With 3.1 seconds left in the game, Southeast's Marcell Perry grabbed a rebound and went right back up for a layup.
Shawnee was able to get the ball to half court with 1.1 seconds left on the clock, but after a timeout the Wolves were unable to get a clean look at a shot.
Shawnee struggled from the charity stripe, making 13 of 28 attempts.
Orange finished second on the team with 13 points. The freshman came off the bench and contributed six rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Morris and Easley scored 12 and 10 points respectively.