Like the Ada boys, the Lady Cougars had a game-ending scoreless drought as Shawnee came away with the slim win.
Trailing 17-16 early in the third quarter, Ada put together an 8-0 run off an Alexus Hamilton 3-pointer (via a Shayla Wofford assist), a 3-pointer from Tatum Havens and another Hamilton basket, this time a 2-pointer, off a pass from Landyn Owens that put the Lady Cougars up 24-17 with 3:25 left in the third.
But the Lady Wolves responded with seven straight points as the teams were ultimately deadlocked at 26 heading into the fourth.
Ada held a 32-29 edge with 3:44 left before going scoreless. Shawnee managed to convert only 2-of-5 free throws in the final 2:22 before Megehee’s late basket lifted the Lady Wolves to the victory.
“It was a typical Ada versus Shawnee game. Both teams played great defense. We just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop,” said Ada head coach Christie Jennings. “Coach (Wendi) Wells had her group prepared, and I didn’t have us ready to play. We will have another shot at them at the end of Christmas break.”
The Lady Wolves were able to knock the ball away twice on the Lady Cougars’ final possession. An off-balance shot at the buzzer grazed the rim as time ran out on the Lady Cougars.
Twenty-one of the Lady Wolves’ 33 points came from the bench, as Esabelle Ramirez led the way with 10 points and Amaya Martinez added eight. Megehee, a starter, finished with six points.
Owens topped the Ada scoring with 10 points, and she also collected three steals and four rebounds. Amaya Frizell tallied eight points. She was 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. Alexus Hamilton ended up with seven points, including one trey in a losing effort.
Joining Owens with three steals was Wofford. Frizell and Havens had two swipes apiece, as the Lady Cougars forced Shawnee into 21 turnovers.
Ada ended up with 15 miscues.
All four of the teams will do battle again Jan. 3 in Ada.