Ada girls can't solve Harrah defense
A disastrous second period and an aggressive defensive strategy helped the Lady Panthers, ranked No. 9 in Class 4A, to a convincing 55-33 win over the 19th-ranked Ada Lady Cougars Friday night.
"We have seen all kinds of double and triple teams on Aaliyah this year," said Ada Coach Christie Jennings, talking about star post player Aliyah Blakely.
"This was the first team that doubled and tripled us with two 6-footers and a 5-11 girl," she said. "It caused us problems all night.
"The defense gave us fits and their offense got hot," Jennings said, whose team dropped to 8-5 for the season.
The Lady Cougar coach did feel that Sami Jewett and Kyndel Carter did a good job penetrating the Lady Panthers defense and trying to make things happen.
Jewett led the Lady Cougars in scoring with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, but she was the only Ada player able to score in double figures. Blakely was held to six points.
On the other end of the court, Bailey Mack burned the Lady Cougars for 21 points, while Darien Hill added 14 and Blake Blessington 10 to give Harrah three players in double figures.
For a quarter the two teams fought on near-even terms, with Ada owning a narrow 8-7 lead after the opening eight minutes. But the Lady Panthers established their dominance by outscoring Ada 20-4 in the second quarter.
It didn't get much better in the third (a 15-7 Harrah advantage, and Ada could only cut the deficit by a point in the final eight minutes.
Despite the double- and triple-teaming by Harrah to deny Blakely the ball, she still had 11 rebounds during the game. Jewett added six boards and Menee Thomsen 5.
But overall, Jennings said her team was lethargic and a step slow.
"We have to get better to win next week's games," she said.
The Lady Cougars get that chance at home Tuesday night against Durant.