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December 26, 2013

Lady Cougars head coach excited about annual holiday girls tournament

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Jennings has also been without the services of sophomore Devonee Simmons, who will get some playing time as a guard.

Jewett may not be at full speed today, but that won’t keep her off the court.

“Sami’s not going to be 100 percent, but she’s going to be good enough to play. I think we’re going to be fine. I think she’s excited enough and looking forward to the tournament and her adrenaline will probably take over,” Jennings said.

The Mid-America field, as usual, is a doozy. Jennings will meet a Lomega team that is No. 3 in Class B and enters the tournament with a 9-2 record. Also on Ada’s side of the bracket is defending Mid-America champ Sulphur (No. 15 in Class 3A) and Class 4A powerhouse Mount St. Mary, ranked No. 3.

“I think all eight teams are really quality teams. Cheyenne and Lomega are year in and year out at the top of their classes,” Jennings said. “And you have Sulphur returning as the defending champions. They’re a little banged up right now ..., but once the tournament starts, they will come into their own. We have Shawnee on our schedule and know how loaded they are.”

The other side of the bracket includes Shawnee, Cheyenne (No. 1 in Class A), and local heavyweights Latta (No. 6 in 2A) and Tishomingo (No. 14 in 3A).

“I think one of the things that makes this year’s tournament special is that you have what you could consider four local teams (Ada, Latta, Sulphur and Tish) that are really playing well and headed in the right direction,” she said.

Whatever happens over the next three days, Jennings said every team involved will benefit from playing in the 2013 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Class, sponsored by Vision Bank.

“Having been around it for so many years, I understand the complexity of it. You can go and play and get three losses and it will make you a better team. I haven’t seen any team go to the Mid-America and not come out better because of being a part of it,” Jennings said.

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