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January 21, 2013

Ranked Harrah teams sweep Ada

HARRAH — Fourth quarter dooms Ada boys

     No. 13-ranked Harrah found itself trailing the upset-minded and unranked Ada Cougars in the third period here Friday night.

     By the time it was over, though, the Panthers had overcome Ada leads of 21-16 at the half and 38-31 after three.

     The killer was a 27-point fourth-quarter explosion by the Panthers to earn a 58-48 decision.

    The Cougars scored just 10 points in the final eight minutes while giving up 17 more than that.

    "We played so well in the first three quarters," Ada coach Ron Anderson said. "Then we just simply abandoned our game plan in the fourth.

    "Our goal was to eliminate touches from their best player," he continued. "It was working. He had two points in the first half and only two in the third quarter."

     But Collin Jennings scored 12 more points in the final period, while Ada sophomore center Cory Kilby, who went into the final quarter with 16 points, was held scoreless.

     The Cougars dropped to 7-6 and face Durant at home Tuesday. Harrah improved to 10-3.

    "We started gambling, leaving Jennings and other players open," Anderson said. "That resulted in them scoring a ridiculous 27 points in the fourth."

    Anderson said the combination of fourth-quarter turnovers and Kilby's cold streak in the final eight minutes proved too much to overcome.

    "We didn't get the normal game from Walker (Whitworth)," Anderson said. "Every shot he took was right in the mouth, but they just didn't fall."

    John Stout and Easton Pingleton scored 11 and 10 points respectively for the Cougars, but Whitworth had just four points and David Forbes six.

    "We are a good team, but the obvious must be corrected for us to become a very good team," Anderson said. "I really love this team, and we are just an inch from being very good, but that inch sometimes feels like a mile."

    Harrah had balanced scoring with four players scoring in double figures, led by Jennings' 14 after he had been held to two through three quarters.

    Anderson said his team is improving daily, but so are all the other teams. Anderson said after the team watches the game film on Monday, it will become obvious why Ada lost.

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