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Ada’s Landyn Owens snatches the ball away from Seminole’s Lauren Cheatwood (32) while teammate Kortni McNutt rushes in to give a helping hand during a Tuesday night road matchup. Seminole turned back Ada 35-33.

SEMINOLE – Inconsistencies have consumed the Ada Lady Cougars so far this season.

Ada, with solid defensive pressure, overcame a seven-point deficit to forge a 30-all tie in the fourth quarter. But had trouble finishing from there as the host Seminole Lady Chieftains escaped with a 35-33 decision over the Lady Cougars Tuesday night.

“We’ve got to make baskets when they matter. We’re still searching for an identity. We don’t know what we are yet,” said Ada head coach Christie Jennings. “Inconsistencies on offense and individually are there. We’ve had kids have big games and the next time out, they barely score.”

The Lady Cougars, 3-4 on the season, trailed 30-23 with 4:09 to go, but they forced Seminole turnovers and got a 7-0 scoring run from freshman Landyn Owens, who nailed four straight free shots and knocked down a trey off a pass from Kalynn Daniels with 2:28 remaining.

But an Abby Carter trey on the other end with 1:43 left put the Lady Chieftains on top for good. Taylor Porter hit one of two free throws with 47 seconds to go, pulling Ada within 33-31. Mikala Emarthle even recorded a steal with 36 seconds left, but Ada couldn’t take advantage after a turnover with 28 seconds remaining.

Seminole’s Destiny Tiger sank two free shots with 25 seconds to go. Porter nailed two free throws for Ada with two seconds left, but it was too little, too late.

The Lady Cougars actually fell into an early 8-1 hole but forged a 10-all deadlock through one quarter, thanks to a reverse layup by Porter, a Kaley Watkins 3-pointer, an Owens basket off a Kalynn Daniels feed and a Madalyn Jaques basket via a Dixie Redman feed.

It was a close second quarter as the Lady Chieftains settled for a 16-15 halftime edge. Ada even took an 18-16 lead off a Watkins trey to start the third, but Seminole responded with seven straight points to gain the upper hand until the 2:28 mark of the fourth.

Carter paced the Lady Chieftains with 11 points, as she was 3-of-7 from 3-point range and 4-of-9 overall from the floor. Makayla Harge followed with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting, and Tiger netted eight points to go with nine rebounds and three assists.

Owens led the way for the Lady Cougars with 12, including a pair of treys. Watkins was next with nine points, including two 3-point buckets. Emarthle and Jaques pulled down eight rebounds apiece as Ada held a 35-30 advantage on the boards.

Both teams combined for 45 turnovers – 23 by Seminole and 22 by the Lady Cougars. The Lady Chieftains shot 35 percent from the field for the game, while Ada was an anemic 20 percent (9-of-44).

The Lady Cougars are now idle until Jan. 4, when they take on McAlester at 7 p.m. in their own East Central Oklahoma Classic at the Cougar Activity Center.

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Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.