SHAWNEE – The Ada Cougars raced out to an 18-7 advantage through one quarter and struggled after that, but still held on for a 57-47 victory over McLoud Thursday night in the opening round of the Oklahoma Baptist Bison Invitational at the Noble Complex.

VANOSS — All signs pointed to a Roff versus Vanoss rematch in the boys championship game of the 2016 Pontotoc Conference Tournament.

ARDMORE – The Ada Cougars, behind seven falls, evened their dual record to 1-1 on the season Thursday night with a 45-27 victory over the Ardmore Tigers Thursday night.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder are 22 games into their season, which means one thing: It’s too late to write quarter-season awards. At 14-8, the Thunder sit in a race with the Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies and more for the Western Conference’s No. 4 playoff seed. T…

DUNCAN — The Ada High girls basketball team raced out to a 25-8 lead and soared past Newcastle’s junior varsity team 71-22 Thursday morning in the first round of the Southern Oklahoma Invitational Tournament in Duncan.

MADILL – Four Ada players reached double figures, led by Ben Pruitt’s 18, and the Cougars’ press played havoc with host Madill Tuesday night in a 78-27 rout.

MADILL — If the old cliché that defense wins championships still rings true, then the performance by the Ada Lady Cougars Tuesday night in Madill should send a resounding message to the rest of Class 4A.

VANOSS — Sophomore Laramie Doffin hit a 3-pointer to start overtime, and Vanoss never trailed again as the Lady Wolves shocked second-seeded Allen 46-41 Tuesday at the 2016 Pontotoc Conference Tournament.

SHAWNEE – The Ada Cougars registered falls from Dylan Fisher at 120 pounds, Hunter Specht at 160 and Teondre Harrison at 170, but it wasn’t enough as they came up just short, 41-33, in a wrestling dual Tuesday night at Shawnee.

BETHEL ACRES – Poor shooting wasn’t about to get in the way of the Byng Lady Pirates tasting victory Tuesday night.

KONAWA – Maria Priest knocked down three 3-point baskets and finished with a game-high 21 points as the Latta Lady Panthers spoiled Konawa’s season opener by claiming a 55-36 victory over the host Lady Tigers Tuesday night.

BETHEL ACRES – A 10-minute-plus scoring drought from the field in the second half was a little too steep for the Byng Pirates to overcome as they dropped a 63-54 decision to the host Bethel Wildcats Tuesday night at B.E. Cantrell Fieldhouse.

VANOSS — The top two seeds moved through with ease Monday as the Pontotoc Conference Basketball Tournament opened inside the Kenneth D. Smith Memorial Field House at Vanoss High School.

NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook spent a lot of time together on the practice field. This week, they’ll spend a lot of it together on the road. Both were named Heisman Trophy finalists Monday.

The East Central University men’s basketball team claimed its fourth straight win after disposing of Ouachita Baptist 85-70 Saturday afternoon inside the Kerr Activities Center.

Freshman Lacy Smith hit two clutch free throws with 3.7 seconds left in overtime to help the East Central women edge basketball team Ouachita Baptist 73-70 in a Great American Conference thriller Saturday afternoon inside the Kerr Activities Center.

ADA – Senior Ben Pruitt produced big with a massive double-double and the Ada High School bench sustained things in the first half when foul trouble set in as the Class 4A fourth-ranked Cougars rolled to a 54-43 season-opening victory over the host Tecumseh Savages Friday night.

TECUMSEH – First-game jitters were evident early for the Class 4A fifth-ranked Ada Lady Cougars Friday night.

STONEWALL — The Stonewall Longhorns trailed for most of the game Friday against Stratford, but they found a way to overcome the odds and rally for a dramatic 57-54 overtime victory over the Bulldogs before a packed house at the Murphy-Roberts Gymnasium.

ADA — The first home game of the 2016-17 season for the East Central University women’s basketball team featured an ebb and flow for both teams. However, the Lady Tigers went cold in the last few minutes of the game and dropped a 74-72 decision to Henderson State Thursday night in Great Amer…

ADA — The East Central University men’s basketball team picked up its third straight win, defeating Henderson State 76-71 Thursday night inside the Kerr Activities Center.

Trying to narrow the coaches and athletes who represented Ada High is a daunting task, to say the least. Ada has won 65 state championships and has had 50 runner-up finishes. Over 5,000 athletes have played, and hundreds of coaches have led those teams. With that said, here (in my humble opi…

OKLAHOMA CITY — A basketball in Oklahoma City forgot an important life lesson for most of Wednesday night: It is supposed to do exactly what Russell Westbrook tells it to.

ADA — Ada High School’s run to a Class 4A state semifinal berth in boys’ basketball in 2015-16, has certainly shot the Cougars up the respectability scale for 2016-17.

LATTA — On a normal night, Class 2A No. 9 Latta would be a tough matchup for Class A’s Roff Lady Tigers.

STILLWATER — For the second straight year, No. 11 Oklahoma State heads into its regular-season finale against its in-state rival, No. 7 Oklahoma, with a chance to claim the Big 12 title.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The East Central University men’s basketball team picked up its second victory at the Marriott Airport Classic with an 82-68 win over Maryville Saturday evening.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — No. 15 Angelo State scored the first 20 points of the game en route to a 76-54 win over the East Central women’s team Saturday at the St. Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic.

After some holiday time off, my batteries are recharged and I’m ready to dive into more high school basketball.

  • By JOHN SHINN  The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma gets to rest this weekend. Players hope when they return to Norman on Sunday they’ll find out more is at stake in the Dec. 3 finale against No. 10 Oklahoma State than the Big 12 Conference title and a Sugar Bowl berth.

ADA — East Central University junior Deanna Rudasill has been honored by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of American as a 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s Soccer Third Team selection.

  • By FRED KATZ Thunder Beat Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY — Game after game, the Oklahoma City Thunder are letting their opponents slip ahead. And for whatever the reason, it’s become a recent routine.

LATTA — The Vanoss Lady Wolves probably gave Latta more than it bargained for during the first half of Friday night’s matchup inside the Latta Panther Field House.

LATTA — The Latta Panthers rallied from an early double-digit deficit and used a huge surge to start the fourth quarter, finally putting Vanoss away in a 72-64 win Friday night inside the Latta Panther Field House.

MONTICELLO, Ark. — The East Central University women’s basketball team dropped a 64-57 decision to Arkansas-Monticello Saturday in a Great American Conference road game.

MONTICELLO, Ark. — Despite East Central University men’s basketball senior Braxton Reeves becoming the 18th member of the Tiger’s 1,000-Point Club, ECU fell to Arkansas-Monticello, 104-99 in Great American Conference action Saturday afternoon.

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