ADA — The Ada Lady Cougars may have made a statement Saturday in Idabel.

A night after the Lady Warriors handed McAlester (No. 8 in Class 5A) a 39-34 setback, Ada annihilated Idabel 51-12 in a Saturday afternoon road game.

Coach Jeff Maloy’s club improved to 12-4 on the year.

How times have changed for the Lady Cougars, who lost 29-19 to McAlester back on Jan. 13. Ada travels to McAlester this Tuesday for the rematch.

“What we are doing now is we’re playing defense every night,” Maloy said. “We feel like if we can score 40 points, we’ll be all right. I’m proud of the way the kids played this weekend.”

The Lady Cougars had also defeated Broken Bow 30-22 Friday night.

Against Idabel (7-6), Ada used a tenacious full court press to turn a bevy of IHS turnovers into easy points. And as a result, the Lady Cougars outscored the hosts 24-4 to start the game and never looked back. Ada outscored Idabel 16-1 in the second period to take a commanding 28-5 lead at the break.

The Lady Cougars applied the finishing touches on the game with a 17-3 fourth-quarter surge.

“We had very few turnovers and worked to get the shot we wanted,” Maloy said. “It was a good trip. We had a good weekend.”

Freshman Jourdan Clark continues to shine for Ada. She outscored Idabel all by herself, finishing with 16 points to go with four steals. Molly Maloy hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 while reserve Lauren Whitworth added eight points and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

Maloy said Jenny Bolin held Idabel standout Katie Hamilton to just seven points while also grabbing four steals and four rebounds.

“Jenny Bolin held the Hamilton kid in check. Defensively she was big and Jourdan is still giving people fits out there on the perimeter,” Maloy said.

Idabel turns back Cougars

IDABEL — After another slow start, the Ada Cougars had to play catch-up against Idabel and the Warriors weren’t about to let that happen.

Idabel hit 10 of their first 12 free throws attempted in the fourth quarter of a 67-55 victory.

Coach Scott Lowrance watched his team fall to 6-9.

Idabel (9-7) led 19-11 after the first quarter and 34-21 at the break.

“We had to fight back all night and Idabel is playing a lot better than they were in (the East Central Oklahoma Classic),” he said.

Idabel’s lead was trimmed to eight at 51-43 with just under five minutes left in the game, but Ada got no closer the rest of the way.

Ian Webster had a big night for Ada, finishing with 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals. He made his first varsity start in the place of Cody Hibbard, who got ill Friday night.

“He played a really good game. He did a real good job for us,” Lowrance said. “He got in there and made the most of it.”

Michael Roberts added 15 points while Chaz Daniels, Cody Hibbard and Colton Richardson all scored eight points each.

Idabel post player Shamond Faulks was a thorn in Ada’s side all night, finishing with 21 points and seven rebounds. George Threadkill followed with 15 for the hosts.

Both teams combined to make 15 3-point field goals.

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