|Ada Boys Win District|
|02/20/18 - |
The 19th-ranked Ada Cougars got in early foul trouble, had to play a freshman who hadn’t played a minute of varsity basketball before, were without the services of two reserve post players and committed 22 turnovers in their matchup with Blanchard during a Class 4A District championship game Friday night inside the Cougar Activity Center.
Ada still won, 44-35.
“It certainly wasn’t pretty. We didn’t take care of the ball. We didn’t execute offensively or defensively,” said Ada head coach Garland Parks. “It was a struggle for us all around, yet the kids hung tough and made some plays when it counted late in the game, and we were able to come out with a win.”
It was the turnovers that seemed to bother Parks the most.
“We were being really careless with the basketball, which we can’t do at this time of the year,” he said.
|New backline will be key for Lady Cougars|
Without an experienced defensive presence, the Ada Lady Cougars are working to shore up those holes as they prepare for the 2018 spring soccer season.
Ada, 8-7 a year ago, lost its entire backline off a team which returns seven starters.
“We lost our backline, but we’re not completely new. We have moved some kids around,” said Ada head coach Cole Jones, who plans to employ a 4-1-4-1 set.
Three of the four defensive spots appear to be set with junior Andrea Underwood, senior Brianna Iorga and sophomore Angelina Hernandez.
Underwood spent most of the 2017 season as a central defender, but she played on the outside toward the end of the season.
“She is learning a new position, and she’s held it down pretty good,” Jones said. “Andrea is not a speed demon, but she’s pretty good with her feet.”
|Cougar Soccer Ready To Open Season|
|02/16/18 - |
Coach Cole Jones believes his Ada boys soccer squad has the ingredients to make another run to the playoffs.
The question is, can they be mixed together.
The Cougars, 10-7 a year ago, reached the second round of the Class 4A playoffs. Now with six starters back, Ada is poised to have some significant success this spring.
“The boys are getting better every day. We have a shot at being good. We just got to keep working,” said Jones. “What that ceiling is, I don’t know at this point. We’ve got the players and kids. It is just a matter of putting it together.”
Back in the starting lineup for the Cougars are four midfielders, a defender and a goalkeeper.
Grant Bellard, who is coming out from basketball, returns to tend the nets after earning all-district honors in 2017.
“Grant is a super athlete. He was a starting linebacker in football and is a natural goalkeeper,” Jones said. “He made some plays and made some dives on shots from six yards out.”
|Cougars Defeat Harrah|
|02/15/18 - |
HARRAH – Kylen Cooper tallied eight of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Class 4A 19th-ranked Ada Cougars rolled to a 63-44 victory over the host Harrah Panthers on Friday night.
Cooper was one of three double-digit scorers for Ada as Kobe Burgess finished with 15 points, nine in the second half, and Jaxson Robinson ended up with 14, including two treys, to go with nine rebounds.
Burgess also had seven rebounds, eight steals and a school- record 14 assists in the game.
“Kobe was simply incredible. If he had not sat out six minutes in the first half, he might have had a quadruple double,” said Mick “Voice of the Ada Cougars” Cowan.
Eight players got into the scoring column for the Cougars, as Cody Smith chipped in six points and Tanner Gilliam contributed four.
Ada outscored Harrah, 22-12, in the opening quarter, maintained that 10-point advantage at halftime, 32-22, and was up by a 44-36 count heading into the fourth. The Cougars then closed the game with a 19-8 fourth-period run.
|Lady Cougars Lose To Harrah|
|02/15/18 - |
Harrah 51, Ada 27
The Class 4A second-ranked Harrah Lady Panthers jumped out to a 14-6 lead through one quarter and led 30-13 at halftime in cruising to the 24-point win.
Landyn Owens led Ada with 11 points, Kaley Watkins followed with six off a pair of 3-point baskets and Mikayla Emarthle tacked on five. Alex Hamilton had seven rebounds off the bench for Ada.
The Lady Cougars committed nine turnovers in the first quarter and had 20 by halftime.
Kiara Lovings scored 17 points for Harrah, while Katie King and Ali Brzozowski added 15 points each.
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