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Lady Warriors need overtime Anadarko’s McKenzie Schumpert (3) wrestles the ball away from Shawnee’s Kelsee Grovey (23), Diamond Young (22) and Taylor Fluke (33) and passes to Jalen Tiger during Monday afternoon’s Mid-America Tournament opener at ECU’s Kerr Center. The defending champion Lady Warriors edged the Lady Wolves, 51-48, in overtime to advance to a semifinal showdown with Class A No. 2 Calumet.

Photo by Richard R. Barron
Ada Evening News

With Anadarko leading 47-46 late in overtime, most teams would sit on the ball. Sophomore sensation Lakota Beatty had other ideas.

Beatty misfired on a 3-pointer, hustled for the rebound and fired another one up, this time hitting fron long range with 1:04 left in the OT to help the defending Mid-America champs knock off Shawnee 51-48 in the tournament opener.

Anadarko, ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, improved to 4-0 on the year while Shawnee (No. 3 in 5A) fell to 4-1.

“That’s exactly the way we wanted it — we wanted overtime. We got exactly what we dreamed about,” joked Anadarko head coach Lance Weeks. “I’m glad that one is over. It was a good win.”

It was Beatty’s teammate, fellow sophomore Tajah Black, who hit the biggest 3-pointer of the night for the Lady Warriors. After Shawnee center Caitlyn Ramirez had given her team a 43-40 lead with two free throws with 19.1 ticks left in regulation, Black took a pass from Beatty and calmly sank a game-tying 3-pointer with just under three seconds left on the clock. Black finished with 10 points off the bench.

“She’s a sophomore off the bench, and wasn’t expected to play much and she hits a three to tie it, and on the previous possession dug out a rebound and kicked it out for another three,” Weeks said. “She had a good game.”

Kelsey Grovey’s desperation 3-pointer from a few steps across halfcourt was just off the mark as the buzzer sounded, forcing the four-minute extra session.

After Beatty’s big triple in overtime put Anadarko up 50-46, Ramirez — Shawnee’s 6-1 move-in from Moss — scored inside with 42 seconds left to cut the Anadarko lead to 50-48.

Beatty then hit one of two free throws with 17.9 seconds remaining to put the Lady Warriors ahead by three.

After a Shawnee timeout, Grovey couldn’t connect on a pair of 3-point shots (the first blocked by Anadarko’s Jalen Tiger — in the closing seconds. Grovey, who struggled offensively most of the night, still just missed double digits with nine points.

Shawnee hit its first two shots of the game — a 3-pointer by Grovey and a Ramirez bucket inside — to grab an early 5-0 lead. But the Lady Wolves followed with 11 straight misses and finished the first half 5-of-19 from the field, and trailed 21-14.

A Black basket with just under four minutes left in the third quarter gave the Lady Warriors their biggest lead of the game at 26-16.

But Ramirez, who scored just four first-half points, finally got untracked for the Wolves. She hit two free throws with 5:25 left that got Shawnee within two at 30-28, and two more charity shots with 1:38 left in regulation knotted the score at 36-all, setting up the exciting finish. Ramirez finished with 22 points and nine rebounds.

“I guess I started coaching about that time, and we squandered it,” Weeks said of his team’s vanishing double-digit lead. “Early in the game, I thought we did a good job on the Ramirez girl. At the end she started playing better, and we didn’t respond. We’re very fortunate to come out with a win.”

Beatty had an outstanding opener for Anadarko, finishing with a game-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds and four steals. The game did feature a few rough spots with a combined 43 turnovers between the two teams.

“When you come to a tournament like this, you hope to just get one win. We have one so all is good,” Weeks said.

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