|12/20/18 - |
The Ada High girls basketball team pressed Seminole into oblivion early and often on the way to a 78-39 victory Tuesday night inside the Cougar Activity Center.
The Lady Cougars, ranked No. 8 in Class 5A, improved to 6-1 on the year, while Seminole stumbled to 1-6. Ada’s only loss is to Class 6A No. 17 Norman, and the Lady Cougars will get another chance at a talented 6A team Friday night, when they host No. 11 Shawnee.
“Shawnee’s really good, and coach (Wendi) Wells is one of the best coaches in the state. It’s going to be a good opportunity to see where we’re at against a good 6A team,” said Ada head coach Christie Jennings.
Tuesday night, the Ada defense suffocated Seminole right from the start. The Lady Cougars raced to leads of 13-0 and 24-3. Ada forced eight first-quarter turnovers and limited Seminole to just four field goal attempts and six points.
“We’ve been working on our press a little more, and that gave them some trouble,” Jennings said. “And we shot the ball really well early.”
Sophomore Landyn Owens was the biggest benefactor of the Ada press, scoring 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line in the opening frame. She finished the game with 24 points, five rebounds and six steals.
Tatum Havens buried a 3-pointer at the 2:11 mark of the second period to help Ada bury Seminole 34-7.
Amaya Frizell scored on a drive down the lane with just over a minute left that put the hosts on top 36-10 at halftime.
It only got worse before it got better for the Lady Chieftains. A fast-break bucket by Alex Hamilton extended the Ada lead to 52-15 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.
Six different Ada players scored at least six points and nine reached the scoring column.
“This group is really unique. There are about five or six kids that could go off for 20 at any time. I think that’s going to make us really good in the long run. They’re going to be really fun to watch as they grow up,” Jennings said.
Frizell turned in a double-double for the Lady Cougars. She finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.
Shayla Wofford, Ada’s 6-1 freshman post player, got going in the paint and scored 16 points.
Havens added seven points and five rebounds for the Lady Cougars, while Kaley Watkins and Jaiden Stevenson chipped in six points each. Watkins also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to go with four steals and helped Ada win the battle of the boards 46-29.
Anna Andrews hit three 3-point shots for nine points for Seminole, while Kennedy Coker added eight points off the bench.