CHICKASHA — The Ada Cougars played arguably their best 14 minutes of the season Friday night during the first half of their Class 5A Regional Tournament showdown with No. 8 Chickasha inside the old Myers Field House.

But in the end, the host Fightin’ Chicks simply had too much depth and too much firepower and wore down the never-say-die Cougars in a 66-51 win.

Chickasha (19-4) battled No. 9 Southeast for a regional title Saturday night while Ada ended the season at 7-16.

“I can’t say how proud I am of my guys. They played hard. We got a little tired. But Chickasha is a good team and they played well,” said first-year head coach Scott Lowrance.

The Cougars came out roaring against the mighty Chicks, hitting five of their first six field goals and grabbing a 12-4 lead on Ian Webster’s basket inside with 2:16 left in the first quarter. Five different Ada players scored during the opening run that included four points from Chaz Daniels, a 3-pointer by Cody Hibbard, a 16-footer by Michael Roberts and a free throw by Colton Richardson.

Ada kept Chickasha at arm’s length early in the second period, going on top 24-18 on a putback by Webster at the 5:58 mark. At that point, the Cougars had hit a sizzling 12-of-16 field goals.

The Fightin’ Chicks started heating up themselves, hit 7-of-9 shots in the second quarter and finally wrestled the lead away with a 10-0 surge to end the first half.

Ada stayed close for most of the third quarter as the Cougars pulled to within 37-34 after a Richardson steal led to a Webster fast-break layup with just under three minutes left in the period.

Chickasha finally put the game out of reach with a game-changing 15-2 surge — led by the inside play of reserve Wyatt Kinnamon. He scored all 10 of his points during that CHS volley.

The Chicks’ lead grew to as many as 21 on a basket by Shawn Stewart with 5:39 left.

After shooting so well in the first half, the Cougars — thanks in part to tired legs — hit just 8-of-30 (26.7%) field goal attempts over the final two frames. Ada also finished 3-of-21 from long range.

Hibbard led the Ada offense with 16 points and was the only AHS player to reach double digits. Daniels and Richardson finished with nine apiece.

Stewart scored 12 and had eight rebounds for Chickasha while Eric Peach and John Schwartz (who went 4-for-4 from the field and hit his only free throw) added 10 points apiece in a balanced CHS attack. In fact, senior playmaker Jerome Phillips managed just seven points after coming into the game averaging nearly 20 per game.

“I think Ada showed us a sign of things to come in Class 5A. They have a lot of young, talented players. They came out ready to play and gave us all we wanted for a half,” said Chickasha head coach Dewayne Bradley.

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