Ada's Emarthle and Eaker share a hug

Ada’s Mikinna Eaker (20) gives senior Mikayla Emarthle (35) a hug after their 51-31 Senior Night win over Seminole Saturday at the Cougar Activity Center. Emarthle finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Ada hosts No. 15 Blanchard Friday night in Class 4A District Tournament action.

Ada post player Mikayla Emarthle made the most of her Senior Night.

Emarthle registered 23 points and 12 rebounds to help Ada sock Seminole 51-31 Saturday night inside the Cougar Activity Center.

Ada improved to 8-14 on the year, while Seminole slipped to 3-16.

“I thought tonight it kind of all came together for her. She played hard against Harrah (Friday night), pulling rebounds down and playing good defense. She just wasn’t scoring,” Ada head coach Christie Jennings said of Emarthle’s big night. “It was a good way to jump start not only her, but the whole team into the playoffs.”

The 3-point shooting of Seminole’s Abby Carter kept her team in it early. She hit three triples in the first quarter to help the Lady Chieftains take a 9-8 lead.

The Lady Cougars clamped down on defense in the second period. After Khya Mitchell hit a short jumper for Seminole to start the quarter, Seminole went 0-for-7 with five turnovers the rest of the frame. Ada used a 10-0 run to forge a 22-11 halftime lead.

The Ada senior trio of Emarthle (four points), Madalyn Jaques (two points) and Kalynn Daniels (two points) combined for eight points while freshman Landyn Owens accounted for the other two.

The Lady Cougars also scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to complete a 20-0 Ada volley that put the hosts on top 32-11. That big run was capped by a Jaques bucket off a nice assist from Daniels at the 3:15 mark of the period.

“This whole year has been about finding our identity and I hope we’ve started to figure out who we are and what we need to do. Tonight was the best we’ve looked in a long time,” Jennings said.

Seminole got as close as seven, 34-27, at the 6:42 mark of the fourth quarter, but Ada finished the game on a 17-4 run.

Owens also had a big night for Ada with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three steals.

Carter, who sank five 3-pointers, led Seminole with 17 points.

No. 15 Blanchard comes to town Friday night for a Class 4A District championship battle. The Lady Lions bested Ada 49-22 earlier this season at the Newcastle Tournament.

“They’re really good. They have great guards and shoot the ball incredibly well. Their offense is actually a lot like Seminole’s — they want to shoot the 3. They’re just a little more skilled at it than what we saw tonight,” Jennings said.

During that first matchup, Blanchard canned 10 3-point shots. The Lady Lions are led by senior guard Brittany Garrett, who has scored over 1,000 career points.

“We had trouble stopping her the last time. We’ll go out and give it our best shot and see what we can do,” Jennings said.

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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.