SKIATOOK – The Shawnee Lady Wolves saw their season come to an end Thursday in a heartbreaking 58-41 loss to Piedmont in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state tournament. Shawnee had beaten the Lady Wildcats on two previous occasions, but were unable to do it a third time.
Makyra Tramble hit a three to start the game but the Wolves were cold for most of the remainder of the first quarter, giving up 12 unanswered points before senior Mackaila Palmore stopped the bleeding to make it a 12-5 game with 41 seconds left in the quarter.
“Unfortunately our kids were really nervous going into the game, and it showed early on,” coach Wendi Wells said.
With 3:47 left in the second, Kyla Tarpey missed two free throws, but a rebound and putback by Kasey Rice careened Shawnee on a 13-7 run – Rice with 11 of those points – to go into the half trailing Piedmont 23-19.
The teams traded blows until the tide shifted on a technical to shawnee due to a player not being in the official scorers' book set Piedmont onto a 13-2 run to close out the third. They controlled the rest of the game.
Shawnee never had any answers for Piedmont's Maci Attalla who spent her night in the paint and scored a career-high 27 points.
“She just really went after our big kid inside, really started attacking her and when we tried to send help down they started hitting three's,” Wells said.
Rice led the Lady Wolves with 18 points and Logan Bonner finished with 13 and three 3-pointers. Tramble and Tarpey had four apiece.
Shawnee ends the season with a record of 21-7 and graduates Palmore, Tarpey and Bonner.
“We had a great season... I just hope people will remember what these kids have done and what they've been through instead of judging the whole season based off of one game,” Wells said.