SHAWNEE – Shawnee put Guthrie away 50-27 Friday night with another blowout win to move the No. 16 in Class 6A Lady Wolves to 9-3 on the season. It was the second win in a row for the Lady Wolves by more than 20 points.
A short run late in the second provided big gains for Shawnee heading into the halftime break.
Makyra Tramble made a bucket to kick off the run, Kasey Rice made one of her two free-throw attempts and Tramble capped things off with a steal and easy layup to go ahead 23-16 with 1:33 in the half. Guthrie went to the line where they made one shot to stop the run. Aubrie Megehee made a courtesy throw and Saidey Smith hit a layup at the buzzer to head to the lockers with a 26-17 lead.
Coach Wendi Wells felt like her girls didn't start as well as they could have, but the team stepped up across the board to get the win.
“We came out kind of flat, the shots that a few of us are used to making... they weren't falling early,” she said. “We have to adjust. Makyra really stepped up her game and it was really aggressive and Jasmine knocked down some big shots tonight, Emily (Hudson) knocked down some jumpers. Everybody really kind of contributed in their own way.”
Guthrie landed their first buckets of the game six minutes in on 3-pointers by Nakiyah Ballard-Stevenson and Kiah Thomas to take an 8-7 lead – their previous two points were on seperate free-throw opportunities. The Lady Jays were 6-10 from the line in the first half and 9-16 for the game.
The Lady Wolves kept the rally going after the break with ten unanswered buckets that included an and-one from Monica Brooks to lead 36-17 with 2:27 left.
Ballard-Stevenson made a layup to end Guthrie's drought and Brandi Jordan landed a 3-pointer from the right wing to close in, 36-22.
Shawnee kept the advantage the rest of the way to outscore Guthrie 12-5 in the fourth for the win.
Wells had her girls adjust defensively in the second half to keep Guthrie out of the paint and away from the free-throw stripe. The strategy worked as Guthrie didn't shoot any charity shots in the third while Shawnee went on a 12-5 run.
“I thought in the second half when our guards backed off a step and just worked on keeping them in front more, that dribble penetration didn't hurt as bad,” she said.
Rice led the way for Shawnee with 15 points but the scoring was pretty even throughout. Tramble had 12, Jasmine Martinez had seven and Monica Brooks added five.
Jordan led Guthrie with 11 and Ballard-Stevenson had nine.
Shawnee will have some time off before hosting McAlester Thursday at 1 p.m. for their opening game of the Shawnee Invitationl.
Deer Creek transfer and Cal State commit Lauren Fields will not be eligible for the game but is expected to make her first start for Shawnee later in the tournament.