|02/03/19 - |
The Lady Cougars suffered a tough loss on Tuesday night against Harrah.
Ada had the ball with 9.2 seconds left and a two-point lead, but things unraveled shortly after that in a disappointing 48-47 setback to the Lady Panthers before a stunned crowd inside the Cougar Activity Center.
The Lady Cougars, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A fall to 11-8 on the year. Harrah left town at 10-8.
Ada led 47-43 after Dixie Redman hit two free throws with 24.3 seconds left.
Savanna Fish answered for Harrah with a putback with 9.6 ticks remaining that trimmed the Ada lead to 47-45.
The Lady Cougars turned the ball over during the ensuing inbounds play, and no time ran off the clock. Harrah used a timeout.
The Lady Panthers got the ball in to Katie King on the baseline, and she threw it toward the basket as she drew contact on the play. She was fouled, the ball found the bottom of the net and her three-point play put Harrah on top 48-47 with eight seconds to play.
Ada got the ball to Landyn Owens, who was dribbling down the sideline. But just as she crossed half court, the ball bounced off her leg into the hands of Harrah’s Tionna Cooper, who dribbled out the rest of the clock.
“That was unbelievable,” said a mystified Jennings. “I don’t know that I’ve ever been involved in a game that ended like that.”
Ada committed 23 turnovers on the night and two fewer probably allows the home team to escape with a victory.
“We were careless with the basketball. We didn’t follow our scouting report or game plan very well. We played hard all night and that kept us in the game, but we were not smart,” Jennings said. “We are going back to work tomorrow and get better.”
Harrah held a slim 23-22 lead after a seesaw first half, but the Lady Panthers scored the first eight points of the third quarter to build a 31-22 lead.
Ada responded with a 12-3 surge and knotted the score at 34-all on a basket and a free throw by Alex Hamilton late in the third period.
The teams started to trade leads early in the fourth quarter before King drilled a 3-pointer and then hit two free throws to put the Lady Panthers on top 43-38.
Ada answered with a basket inside by Shayla Wofford and five points from Owens — two on a strong baseline drive to the basket and a 3-pointer with 1:41 left that gave the Lady Cougars a 45-43 advantage and set up the wild final seconds.
Owens led the Ada offense with 15 points, while Amaya Frizell, who was battling sickness throughout the contest, added 14 points. Tatum Havens hit a pair of 3-pointers, scored nine points and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds for the hosts.
King scored 20 points to go with four rebounds and four steals for Harrah. Kambri Ingraham also hit double digits for the visitors with 10 points.