Ada — Ada boys coach Ron Anderson had to like the way the game started out against Class 5A No. 13 Shawnee Monday night inside the Cougar Activity Center.
Walker Whitworth was unconscious for Ada during a first quarter that saw the Cougar sharpshooter hit four straight catch-and-shoot 3-pointers during a 5-for-5 showing from the field that produced 14 of his team’s 20 points. Meanwhile, Shawnee star Trey Maston didn’t get on the scoreboard as Ada led 20-18 heading into the second period.
But Whitworth wouldn’t even have another field goal attempt until there was just 3:10 left, and he didn’t score again until his conventional three-point play following a steal with only 47.1 seconds remaining. By that time, Maston had exploded for a game-high 27 points to lead the Wolves to a 67-53 victory.
Shawnee, coached by veteran Ron Arthur, improved to 10-11 on the year while Ada (No. 20 in Class 4A) slipped to 12-10 heading into a Class 4A District Tournament matchup with McLoud Saturday night at the Cougar Activity Center.
Anderson said Shawnee’s trapping, pressure defense proved to be the difference. Ada finished with 17 turnovers.
“Coach Arthur does such an outstanding job ... with the defense that they play and the trapping that they do. They generated a lot of turnovers,” Anderson said. “Where they win games is on defense. Their defense may be their best offense. They’re not a great team. They’re a team you can beat, but with 17 turnovers you can’t. We didn’t guard them all that well either.”
The game was tight throughout the first half. Cory Kilby’s dunk that turned into a three-point play at the 3:20 mark of the second period put Ada on top 27-23.
Shawnee scored nine of the next 10 points in the game — including a 3-pointer by Maston — to surge ahead at 32-28. The Wolves carried a 34-29 lead into the locker room at halftime.