|Lady Lions No Match For Lady Cougars|
In the game of basketball, when a team holds its opponent to one point in an entire half, that group’s odds of winning are pretty good.|
The Ada Lady Cougars did just that Tuesday night in Durant.
The host Lady Lions were 0-of-7 from the floor over the first two quarters and made just 1-of-2 free shots during that span as the Lady Cougars rolled to a 41-11 road victory.
Ada, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, improved to 12-2 on the season, while Durant fell to 3-8.
“Durant was a little short-handed tonight,” said Ada head coach Christie Jennings. “They had two starters hurt and not suited, but credit our girls, they did what they needed to do.”
Ada jumped on Durant early, leading 14-1 after the first quarter. All five Ada starters scored in the frame and forced Durant into nine turnovers.
|Big Second Quarter Carries Cougars|
The Class 4A third-ranked Ada Cougars turned up the tempo with a big 17-5 second quarter in pulling away for a 54-38 victory over the host Durant Lions Tuesday night.|
Ada improved to 10-1 on the year, while Durant (No. 20 in Class 5A) dipped to 5-6.
The two teams were deadlocked at 9-9 after one quarter, before Ada outscored the hosts by 12 in the second quarter in establishing a 26-14 halftime advantage.
Senior Ben Pruitt, who scored all nine of the Cougars’ first-quarter points, topped all scorers in the game with 24, including one 3-point basket. Teammate Kobe Burgess followed with 17 points, including three treys.
“They played a 3-2 zone (defense) on us, and one way to get around that is to get into transition. Obviously, we had more scoring balance in the second quarter with four different players scoring,” said Ada head coach Ron Anderson. “Their best player (Tyler Cox) didn’t play due to an injury suffered in practice the other day, and that was to our benefit.”
|Lady Cougars Thump The Buffs|
Class 4A’s third-ranked Ada Lady Cougars stormed into the Bob Brumley Gymnasium in McAlester on Tuesday, played solid defense, shot the ball well early and walked out with a convincing 65-36 win against the rival 5A Lady Buffaloes.|
Ada improved to 11-2 on the season, while McAlester — coached by former Byng girls coach Matt Fike — slipped to 3-7.
It was not the uneven scoring of her team, or even the high number of turnovers that had fifth-year head coach Christie Jennings talking, but the generosity her guards showed in the win.
Ada dished out 24 assists in the lopsided win, something the coach was excited to see.
“I thought we really did a good job of distributing the basketball tonight,” said Jennings. “Those looks turned into easy baskets for us.”
|Ada Boys Stuff Buffs|
The Class 4A third-ranked Ada Cougars set the tone early with solid defense and a hot touch in cruising to a 73-38 rout of the host and arch rival McAlester Buffaloes Tuesday night inside the Bob Brumley Gymnasium.|
Ada, 9-1 on the season and ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, used a 26-7 first quarter in establishing control early. The Cougars more than doubled up McAlester, 15-7, in the second period, in building a commanding 41-14 halftime advantage.
“We came out strong on defense and made some shots from the outside, which got us up early,” said Ada assistant coach Kyle Caufield.
|Ada Boys Defeat Ponca City|
During a first half that saw Ponca City shoot the lights out en route to a 25-21 lead over the Ada Cougars Thursday night at the East Central Oklahoma Classic, head coach Ron Anderson was admittedly having flashbacks.
Last year, the Wildcats had lost six straight games heading into the ECOC, but they shocked the tournament field when they upset Ada 66-51.
“Oh, it crossed my mind,” Anderson said.
But the Cougars refused to let history repeat itself Tuesday, limiting Ponca City to just nine second-half points in a 54-34 win.
The Cougars, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, improved to 8-1 on the year, while the Wildcats dropped to 1-7.
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