Taylor ended her team’s long drought in impressive fashion, launching a 24-foot 3-point shot that found nothing but net and tied the game at 18-18 at the 3:26 mark of the third quarter. On Shawnee’s next possession, Cooper hit a corner 3-pointer to give the Lady Wolves a short-lived lead.
Blakley would answer with an old-fashioned three-point play with just under a minute left to send the game into the fourth period knotted 21-21. Blakley would finish with game highs of 18 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Olivia Wells was next with five points and seven rebounds.
Besides Taylor and Cooper, only one other Shawnee player scored — a four-point outing by Monique Tramble.
Ada will now turn its focus to a McLoud team that the Lady Cougars defeated 35-25 in December at a tournament in Bethel.
“We’ve played McLoud before, so I feel pretty good about that,” Jennings said.
A win over the Lady Redskins on Saturday would set up a 4A Regional meeting with the Bethel-Checotah winner in Checotah. The regional hosts are coached by former Vanoss girls coach Kim Lewis.
“If it goes like it’s drawn out to go, we should play (No. 14) Victory Christian in the regional finals,” Jennings said. “They have two really good players. It’s not an easy road, but I definitely think if we play the way we’re capable of playing, we come out and win that regional.”
Waiting on the other side of the bracket for a possible area tournament showdown will likely be No. 1 Ft. Gibson.
“I’ve been reminding my kids that two teams come out of an area and go to the state tournament. Win or lose, we have to figure out how to do that,” she said.