When pairings for the Class 4A girls state tournament were unveiled Sunday, the fourth-ranked Ada’s path to a gold ball couldn’t have been any tougher — at least on paper.
If the higher-ranked teams continue to win, the Lady Cougars would have to defeat the No. 3 Classen SAS, No. 2 Harrah and No. 1 Fort Gibson, in that order, to bring home the gold.
“It’s crazy. Classen getting upset (by Anadarko) messed the whole bracket up,” said Ada head coach Christie Jennings.
“When you go up there, you have to beat the best anyway. It’s going to be tough, but it will definitely be worth it in the end if we can get it done,” she continued. “We’re just going to take it one day at a time. We’re just going to concentrate on Classen and try to get to Friday.”
Ada meets the Lady Comets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.
Jennings and company are no strangers to Classen SAS and superstar guard Taylor Robert. The Lady Comets eliminated Ada from the playoffs last season. Classen SAS defeated Ada 78-46 last March in an area tournament contest behind 39 points from Roberts.