Ada girls coach Christie Jennings said the tournament is filled with good teams and good coaches.
Perkins-Tryon, the team that defeated the Lady Cougars in the 2012 Bison Invitational championship game, is the No. 2 seed.
“Perkins lost a couple of good starters off that team, but they’re still going to be solid,” Jennings said. “Coach (Jerry) Burnett is a really, really good coach, and they’ll be well prepared.”
A first-round Ada victory would match the Lady Cougars with the winner of an intriguing game between Bethel and Newcastle.
“I think the two sleepers in that tournament are on our side of the bracket. Bethel and Newcastle will both be better,” Jennings said.
According to the second-year Ada coach, Bethel has a solid group of young kids who should all be improved this year. And when you add the fact that Jace Johnson, son of legendary Bethel coach Jerry Johnson, is now the new head coach, the Lady Wildcats could be a contender in Class 4A by the end of the season.
“The Bethel kids will have another year to grow up. They’re going to go back to their run-and-jump style and will play more up-tempo,” Jennings said.
“Newcastle had great athletes last year when we saw them. They have one of the two best basketball coaches in Oklahoma in Brett Sanders. I thought the seeding of the tournament was kind of strange because those two teams ended up getting the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds and will play each other in the first round.”
No. 3 seed Meeker could also be dangerous.
“That’s five really good teams. We’re not going to go up there and get handed the trophy. We’re going to have to show up and play every night,” she said.