|01/12/20 - |
Ada girls coach Christie Jennings expressed concern about her team facing an athletic Class 6A Northwest Classen squad ahead of their first-round matchup Thursday night at the East Central Oklahoma Classic.
Landyn Owens helped make sure that she and the Lady Cougars had nothing to worry about.
Owens scored 20 of her game-high 22 points in the first half and hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Ada a 39-15 lead at the break. Ada went on to claim a 62-39 victory and was scheduled to meet Collinsville in a Friday night semifinal matchup.
The Lady Cougars, ranked No. 15 in Class 4A, improved to 8-2 on the year while Northwest Classen dropped to 4-5.
“It’s a really good start (to the tournament), especially considering last year, when we felt like we were the favorites and came out with a first-round loss (to Broken Bow),” Jennings said. “I felt like we were locked in tonight, especially in the first half. We kind of put them away early. We’ve really been preaching to them about taking things one game at a time.”