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Lady Cougars Win Second Round In ECOC
01/14/19 -

It was a crazy day for the Ada High girls basketball team.

The Lady Cougars got off to a big start but had to hold off a furious Northwest Classen finish in a 44-36 win over the Lady Knights in consolation play Friday afternoon at the 2019 East Central Oklahoma Classic.

Ada, ranked No. 6 in Class 5A, snapped a three-game losing skid to improve to 7-4 on the year, while NW Classen (No. 18 in 5A) fell to 6-4.

The Lady Cougars will meet Collinsville at 1 p.m. today in the fifth-place game.


Ada head coach Christie Jennings also instructed most of Ada’s roster to wear old AHS uniforms — complete with different numbers — to motivate her young Lady Cougars.

The ploy worked like a charm at the beginning of the contest, as Ada raced to leads of 7-0 and 12-2 to start the game before taking a 19-6 halftime advantage after a mostly dominant first half.

Freshman post player Shayla Wofford hit a free throw to start the third quarter and push the Ada lead to 20-6.

The Lady Knights were more physical in the third quarter and slowly started to chip into the Lady Cougar cushion.

After getting within seven, Tatum Havens hit a 3-pointer and a free throw to make it 24-13 at the 4:32 mark of the third period. With 2:12 left in the frame, both teams had reached the 10-foul limit and were in the double bonus.

In fact, there were a whopping 47 fouls called in the contest — 29 on the Lady Nights and 18 on the home team. The Lady Cougars made 22-of-35 free throws, compared to a 6-of-12 effort for NW Classen.

The Lady Cougars carried a 32-20 lead into the final eight minutes.

Ada saw its lead reach 36-20 on four straight free throws by Kaley Watkins. A Wofford fast-break basket with just under three minutes to play gave the Lady Cougars a 42-29 lead, but the Lady Knights finished strong.

NW Classen used a 7-0 flurry, capped by six straight points from Takare Drennon, who recorded back-to-back steals that turned into layups. The Lady Knights trailed just 42-36 — and had a couple of possessions to draw closer — before Havens hit late free throws in the closing seconds to finally seal the outcome.

Owens led the Ada offense with 13 points, while Havens drained a pair of 3-point baskets and finished with 11. Watkins scored nine points on 9-of-11 shooting from the charity stripe.

Moore hit three triples and scored 13 to pace Northwest Classen.

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