VC would be held scoreless over the first five minutes of the final quarter, and the Lady Cougars would score 10 points in the frame behind key free throw shooting. Dean (2), Blakley (1), Jewett (1), Wells (1), and Markeisha Black (1) all converted on charity stripe opportunities over the course of the final eight minutes. With Ada holding on to an eight- point lead, Meneé Thomsen’s nice bullet pass found Wells for an inside bucket to ice the game. A layup by Angelica Cuellar at the 2:35 mark and 3-pointer by Thomas with under one minute to play (and Ada leading by 12) were all VC could muster. Ada’s defense proved to be the key to the game.
"We settled in and made some adjustments to finally pull ahead by a few possessions,” said Jennings. “I thought our defense took over. Defensively, we were good all night.”
Blakley grabbed four rebounds to go with her 18 points. Wells had five points and two rebounds. Jewett, who hit Ada’s only 3-point goal of the night, finished with four points and two rebounds. Dean finished with two points, three assists, two steals, and one board. Markeisha Black had one point and grabbed five rebounds to go with one assist and one steal. Simmons had two points, and grabbed one rebound.
Victory Christian managed to only have three players score due to Ada’s pressure defense. The Lady Conquerors were led by Lavanda Thomas with 10, followed by Angelica Cuellar with eight points and Kacie Kerz with five. Victory finished with seven field goals in the game, five of which came from 3-point land. They finished 4-of-4 from the line.
Ada led every statistical category in the game, inlcuding rebounds 21-10, steals 6-4, assists 5-3 and blocks 1-0. The Lady Cougars also led the turnover margin, a category the coach doesn’t want to see them win.