Ada — When Tishomingo post player Carolyne Lawler hit a layup after a nice entry pass from teammate Chelsea Wilkinson, the Lady Indians had erased every bit of a nine-point first-half deficit and grabbed a 29-27 lead over Class 5A No. 1 Shawnee with 3:22 left in the third quarter.
It looked like the Lady Indians had stolen all the momentum.
However, Shawnee shrugged off the Tish uprising and used a 21-4 run to finally finish off the Lady Indians in a 52-37 victory Thursday in the first round of the 2013 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.
“This group of kids has never played here so it's exciting for them, but it's also a little bit intimidating. Just to have this new group come in and be able to have some success here on the first night is a big deal,” said Shawnee head coach Wendi Wells.
Tish (No. 14 in Class 3A) still trailed just 32-31 after a steal and basket by Kailee Thomas with 2:06 to play in the third. However, the Lady Wolves (3-0) scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to take control.
Tyann Maytubby hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth period surge and McKenzie Cooper scored four straight points on two free shots and a layup that followed a steal and assist by Monique Tramble.
Bailey Taylor scored on a strong move to the basket and Kelsey Simmons capped the surge with a layup that pushed the Shawnee lead to 48-33 with 1:58 to play.
“We had to come and and press. We couldn't press in the first half, because I didn't know if we had enough wind,” Wells admitted. “We had to change up our defense and stop giving them space and get up on their passers and not allow them to make that lob pass.”
A Simons 3-pointer at the 2:25 mark of the second quarter put Shawnee on top 19-10, but Tishomingo finished the period with a 9-3 run to get within 22-19 at halftime. Destiny Justus and Thomas each hit 3-pointers for Tish during that volley.
“(Tishomingo) came out with a great game plan,” Wells said. “With such young kids and such small kids, we were afraid to attack early on. We told them to just keep attacking and keep going at them and good things and good things were going to happen.”
Simmons hit 7-of-11 field goals and scored 16 points to lead the Shawnee offense while Cooper, Shaiann Tramble and Maytubby (off the bench) added nine points each. Simmons also had eight rebounds and four steals.
Tish (2-2) got 12 points by Justus, but she only scored two points (on a pair of free throws) in the second half. Post player Carolyne Lawley followed with eight points and six rebounds.
Shawnee forced 20 Tishomingo turnovers.
The Lady Wolves will meet Cheyenne in tonight's 6:30 p.m. semifinal matchup while Tishomingo battles area rival Latta in consolation play at 4:30 p.m.