ARDMORE — After fishing in bad luck all season, the Ada Cougars finally landed a big one Saturday night.

Scott Lowrance’s young team, which lost tough games to highly-ranked Wewoka (twice) and Broken Bow last month and dropped a 35-31 heartbreaker to a tough McAlester club Friday night, hit big shots down the stretch and got major contributions from all seven players who saw action to win a 48-45 thriller at Ardmore (No. 15 in Class 5A).

“It’s a big win for us to beat Ardmore at Ardmore, no matter what they’re ranked,” said Lowrance, who took over the Ada boys program this season after two seasons at Choctaw. “It gets us going in the right direction.

“It was a team win,” he added. “Everybody who stepped on the floor gave everything they had.”

With the victory, Ada improved to 4-6 on the season, while Ardmore dropped to 5-5.

In the girls’ contest, Molly Maloy scored nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter as Ada’s Lady Cougars overcame 21 points by Ardmore guard Shawn Carolina and improved to 7-3 with a wire-to-wire 42-35 victory.


Ada 48, Ardmore 45

Ardmore led, 30-23, after a Craig Murray 3-pointer midway through the third quarter, but a pair of 3-pointers by Cody Hibbard and one by Michael Roberts in the span of just over a minute at the end of the period and the start of the fourth quarter put Ada up for good. Hibbard’s second trey made it 36-34 with 7:35 to play, and the Cougars’ lead grew to 44-38 on Roberts’ baseline jumper off an assist from Ian Webster with 1:55 left.

Stacy Thompson drained a 3-pointer just 10 seconds after Roberts’ bucket to trim the lead to three, and, after Roberts missed the front end of a one-and-one with a minute to play, Ardmore center Brian Brooker hit a 12-footer to make it 44-43 with 45 seconds left.

But Chaz Daniels, who came off the bench for the first time this season, found Webster — who got his first start of the year in Daniels’ place — under the basket with a pinpoint pass, and Webster converted the layup to put Ada back up by three with only 34 seconds remaining.

Booker capped a four-shot Ardmore possession on the Tigers’ next trip down the floor with a layup to cut the lead to 46-45 with just eight seconds left, and Hibbard — who had a team-high 12 points — made two clutch free throws while shooting into the Ardmore student section with seven seconds remaining. Murray then missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

“We said all night in the huddle that we were going to win,” Lowrance recalled. “We decided at the start of the fourth quarter that we weren’t going home with a loss. The kids did everything right to win a ballgame.”

The Cougars and Tigers each led by as many as four points in a see-saw first half that ended with Ardmore up, 21-19, and the Tigers used three 3-pointers by Murray in the opening minutes of the third period to take the biggest lead by either team in the game at 30-23.

But freshman Colton Richardson — who had eight points and seven rebounds — and Roberts (who finished with 10 points) hit back-to-back layups to trim the lead to 30-27 with 3:15 left in the period, and Roberts’ trey at the buzzer — 45 seconds after Hibbard cut the lead to 32-30 with a 3-pointer of his own — left the Cougars down just one at 34-33 heading to the final period.

Ada, which had a freshman (Richardson), three sophomores (Daniels, Roberts and Steffan Jones) and two juniors (Hibbard and Webster) on the floor for much of the night with senior Patrick Maloy, committed only two fourth-quarter turnovers and went 5-for-11 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the line in the final period while outrebounding Ardmore, 10-5, over the last eight minutes.

Maloy scored four points and added four assists and a team-high eight rebounds in what was probably his best all-around performance of the season, and Jones had two points (a pair of fourth-quarter free throws) and added six rebounds. Webster — who had been a force off the bench for Ada through nine games — made the most of his first start, scoring seven points, including the key bucket late in the final period, while Daniels finished with five points, three steals and three assists.


Ada 42, Ardmore 35

Ada sprinted to an 8-0 first-quarter lead and never trailed, but the Lady Cougars led just 34-30 after a pair of Carolina free throws midway through the fourth quarter.

Lauren Whitworth sank the second of two free throws with 3:58 left to increase the lead to five, then, after Ada freshman point guard Jourdan Clark missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:50 to play and Ardmore’s Katie Bonner missed a pair just seven seconds later, Maloy and Joy Barrick combined to go 6-for-7 down the stretch to seal the victory.

Carolina, who had only five points at halftime as Ada built a 16-9 lead, kept her club in the game in the third quarter, scoring 10 of the Lady Tigers’ 14 points and hitting back-to-back layups in the space of 20 seconds to pull Ardmore to within three points at 26-23 with 1:10 left in the period.

But Clark answered with a pair of free throws with 40 seconds remaining, and Ada took a 28-23 lead to the fourth quarter.

Maloy, who was just 1-for-8 from the line in Friday’s 29-19 loss to McAlester, was 4-of-9 from the field Saturday, and she accounted for nine of Ada’s 14 points in the fourth quarter. Foley added 10 points, nine rebounds and blocked shot before fouling out, and Clark played much taller than her 5-5 frame, pulling down nine rebounds to go with seven points, three steals and two assists.

The only down side to the night for Ada was a second-period ankle injury sustained by sophomore guard Jenny Bolin, who scored the Lady Cougars’ first four points of the game. Rachael Stinchomb replaced Bolin and had seven rebounds in her longest stint of the season.