Bailey Taylor, who had a big night with 16 points and seven rebounds, scored after an Ada turnover to trim the Shawnee deficit to 29-27.
After another Ada turnover, Taylor picked up a loose ball and drove to the basket for a layup that tied the game at 29-29 with 2:10 remaining in the contest.
The Lady Cougars gave the ball back again, and Shawnee head coach Wendi Wells decided to start running some time off the clock with the game tied. The Lady Wolves would call time out with 50 seconds remaining.
Taylor drew a foul and hit two big free throws with :38 showing to give Shawnee a 31-29 edge.
Kelsey Simmons then stole the ball for the visitors. The Lady Wolves then played keep-away until Ada finally fouled Shaiann Tramble, who went to the free-throw line with 6.5 ticks left. She missed the free throw, but teammate Monique Tramble grabbed the offensive rebound, ending any chance of an Ada comeback.
Cooper ended the scoring with two more free throws with just 1.5 left in the game. She would finish with 13 points, including a 6-for-7 showing from the free-throw line.
“That’s just all a learning process,” Jennings said of the bad Ada ending. “I just keep telling myself this was a glorified practice, and we’re getting ready for Saturday night and the games that really matter.”
Ada is scheduled to host McLoud at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in a Class 4A District championship game.
The Lady Cougars had one of the best defensive stretches of their entire season midway through the contest. After going without a field goal throughout the entire second quarter, the Lady Wolves went on to miss 14 consecutive shots. But the biggest lead Ada could manage during Shawnee's dry spell was an 18-14 advantage after a Blakley basket at the five-minute mark of the third period.