|01/21/18 - |
NEWCASTLE — Ada’s bench players helped the Lady Cougars build a double-digit halftime lead, and they cruised from there in a decisive 58-32 win over Chickasha Friday morning at the 2018 “Sweet Pea” Tournament in Newcastle.
Ada improved to 6-9 with the victory and will play for the consolation championship at 1 p.m. today. Chickasha slumped to 2-14.
Ada head coach Christie Jennings said it was nice to see her team rebound from a 27-point, first-round loss to Class 4A No. 17 Blanchard.
“It was a good bounce-back game. We had a lot of scoring, and everybody got to play,” Jennings said following the game.
After Lexi Albright hit a 3-pointer from the corner to end the first quarter, Ada was clinging to a 12-11 lead.
The Lady Cougars used a 10-2 burst to start the second period that included a three-point play from Landy Owens, a putback by post player Mikayla Emarthle and two free shots by Kaley Watkins.
Lillie Speed knocked down a 3-pointer to end the run, putting the Lady Cougars on top 22-13 and beginning the steady play by the AHS reserves.
“We’ve been using 10 players recently and we got one back from an injury recently (Makinna Eaker), so we got to use 11 today. I thought they did a good job,” Jennings said. “I felt like everybody contributed.”
Ada’s six players off the bench — Taylor Porter, Madalyn Jaques, Dixie Redman, Speed, Kortni McNutt and Eaker-combined for 20 points, 14 rebounds and four steals.
The Ada second unit limited the Lady Chicks to five points over the final 5:38 of the second quarter and helped the Lady Cougars build a 28-19 halftime edge.
Starters and reserves combined to help Ada outscore Chickasha 20-2 to start the third quarter as the AHS advantage ballooned to 48-21.
Kaley Watkins hit three shots from beyond the arc and led an Ada offense that saw all 11 players who saw action score with 15 points.
Emarthle pounded the post for 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Jaques also had a nice game in the paint with nine points and three rebounds.
Three other Ada players hit 3-point shots (joining Watkins and Speed) — Owens (who fouled out with six points and three steals), McNutt and Eaker.
Albright, a freshman, led the Lady Chicks with eight points, four rebounds and two steals Demyra Foster added seven points for Chickasha.