WASHINGTON — The 19th-ranked Ada Cougars shot a sizzling 75.9 percent from the field and scorched No. 17 Elk City 54-39 Friday in a Class 4A Area Tournament consolation contest hosted by Washington High School.
The Cougars led just 31-28 at halftime and still led just 33-32 after Trent Lewallen drove to the basket and scored with just over six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
However, Ada would follow with a game-changing 15-0 surge that carried into the fourth period to put the game out of reach.
Cody Smith hit a 3-pointer and two layups during the stretch Jake Shannon knocked down a triple, Sam Godwin scored a basket in the paint and Tanner Gilliam capped the run with a conventional three-point play to start the fourth quarter that pushed the AHS lead to 48-32 with 6:02 left.
“We’ve been preaching exercising patience on offense, and we were today. When we do that, we can get good shots. We have a lot of guys that can do things offensively if we’re patient enough to let that happen,” said Ada head coach Garland Parks.
The Cougars limited Elk City to just 11 total points over the final two quarters.
“That was certainly a focus at halftime. In the first half, I thought we were letting them beat us off the dribble, and that was really hurting us. But we controlled the dribble penetration better in the second half,” Parks said.
Not only did Cody Smith led the Cougar offense with 13 points, including three 3-point baskets, he absorbed a number of charges in the second half that helped keep the Elks off the scoreboard.
Sam Godwin finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three steals for the Cougars, while Jaxson Robinson also reached double figures with 10 points to go with five rebounds, two blocked shots and three assists.
Jake Shannon canned a pair of threes for six points, while Tanner Gilliam, Kylen Cooper and Kobe Burgess all scored four points apiece in the efficient Ada offense. Burgess also had three rebounds, four steals and five assists.
Chipper Skelton scored a team-high 11 points to pace the Elks, while Diquan Bradford knocked down three 3-pointers — all in the first half — for nine points.