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The Ada High girls basketball team couldnít overcome a slow start and dropped a 56-43 decision to Class 6A Lawton Saturday evening in the third-place game of the East Central Oklahoma Classic.
The Lady Cougars dropped to 4-6 on the year, while Lawton improved to 3-5.
Ada made just 2-of-13 shots to start the game and trailed 15-5 after Lawtonís Tyeshia Anderson scored on a fast break early in the second quarter.
Later in the quarter, Lawtonís Shakyra Sadler hit a jumper in the lane to put the Lady Wolverines on top 25-9. Lawton carried a 26-12 lead into the halftime break.
Ada freshman Landyn Owens, who was scoreless in the first half, scored seven points in an 8-2 AHS surge to start the third period. Her 3-pointer at the 5:36 mark got the Lady Cougars within 28-20. She finished with 16 points to pace the Ada offense and was named to the East Central Oklahoma Classic All-Tournament team.
Lawton stretched its lead back to 14 before Ada finished the third period on another 8-2 volley. Owens had three points during that run and also assisted on a basket by Kaley Watkins. Mikayla Emarthle added a basket inside off a nice entry pass by Madalyn Jaques and a free throw.
The Cougars trailed 36-28 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Wolverines scored the first seven points of the final frame to build a 43-28 advantage.
Ada made one final rally, using a 12-2 run to draw within 46-40 with 2:36 to play, but could get no closer. Taylor Porter, who didnít score through three quarters, tallied six of her seven fourth-quarter points during that AHS span.
Lawtonís Tamara Toles scored 11 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter ó including eight in the final two minutes ó to help her team stave off the Lady Cougars.
Ada post player Mikayla Emarthle had a solid outing with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Cougars.
Anderson finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three steals for Lawton.
This week is rivalry time for the Ada club. The Lady Cougars host McAlester tonight before traveling to Ardmore Friday night.
No. 13 Newcastle stops Ada girls
The Lady Cougars fell into an early hole, nearly climbed out of it in the fourth quarter before 13th-ranked Newcastle finally defeated Ada 38-26 in the semifinals of the East Central Oklahoma Classic.
The Lady Racers sank four of their first five 3-point shots and raced out to a 16-5 lead after a fast-break basket by Morgan Bergt at the 1:43 mark of the first period.
Newcastle would quickly cool off, missing its next 10 3-pointers in a row and going 1-of-14 the rest of the game. That allowed Ada to creep back into the game.
Ada scored the final two baskets of the first quarter on a pull-up jumper by Kaley Watkins and a basket inside by Mikayla Emarthle to get within 16-9.
Kortni McNutt sank a jumper to start the third quarter to trim the Ada deficit to 16-11.
Newcastle was limited to just four second-quarter points ó†on a pair of buckets by Maddy North ó†and Ada cut the NHS lead to 20-16 at halftime.
In an odd turn of events, Newcastle head coach Brett Sanders was whistled for a technical foul after complaining to game officials while retreating to the locker room.
The second half started with technical free throws for Adaís Kaley Watkins, who hit 1-of-2 to trim the Ada deficit to 20-17. Watkins then hit the first field goal of the period to make it 20-19, but Ada went cold and didnít score again in the quarter.
Six unanswered Newcastle points made it 26-19 heading into the final period.
Madalyn Jaques and Emarthle hit back-to-back shots to open the fourth quarter and get Ada within 26-23. Emarthle scored on a nice pass from point guard Kaylnn Daniels.
Newcastle would end the game on a 12-3 run.
Emarthle registered another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Watkins followed with eight points.
Newcastle got 13 points from North and 10 more from Abby Bond.