If Ada High basketball coaches Jeff Maloy and Scott Lowrance continue to get the kind of post play they got Friday night against Wewoka, both of their teams will be just fine.

Megan Foley, Ada’s 6-1 center, had 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots despite getting into early foul trouble to help Ada handle Wewoka 38-27.

The Lady Cougars improved to 2-1 on the year, avenging an ugly 39-29 loss to the Lady Tigers a week ago. Wewoka lost for the first time, falling to 4-1.

In the boys’ game, despite a monster night from Ada 6-5 center Billy Long, Wewoka used a big fourth quarter to clip the Cougars 69-66.

Ada fell to 1-2, with both losses to the Tigers (No. 3 in Class 2A), while Wewoka stayed unbeaten at 5-0.

GIRLS

Ada 38, Wewoka 27

Not only was Maloy pleased with Foley’s improved effor,t but he also pointed out that freshman guard Jourdan Clark had her best game of the year with nine points and four steals.

“I thought Foley and Clark came out of their shell tonight,” he said.

After a dull first quarter which saw the score knotted at 5-5, Foley scored the Ada’s first three baskets of the second period to help the Lady Cougars go on top 11-7. But Foley went to the bench with six points, five rebounds and three fouls with 4:57 left in the first quarter and didn’t return until the third quarter.

“Foley would have really come out of her shell if she hadn’t picked up three quick fouls,” Maloy said. “They were covering us one on one down there and it was open all night but she can’t score sitting over there by me with three fouls.”

With Foley — who had just a combined 10 points in Ada’s first two games — watching from the sidelines, Wewoka finished the first half on an 8-3 run and was clinging to a 15-14 lead at the break.

The Lady Cougars used a quick third-quarter start to take control. A Foley putback started an 11-2 run that included four points by Clark, a conventional 3-point play by Molly Maloy and a basket inside by Joy Barrick that pushed Ada on top to stay at 25-17.

“Jourdan Clark came in and was under control for the most part. She played a lot better,” Maloy said.

Another Foley basket to start the fourth quarter put Ada on top by 10 and Wewoka never threatened again.

Barrick also had a super outing for Ada with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds while Jenny Bolin grabbed six rebounds off the bench. The Lady Cougars finished with 41 boards after pulling down just 20 in the season-opening loss to WHS.

“Our game plan going in was to contain them on their drives and limit them to one shot. They’re really good about going and getting second and third rebounds,” Maloy said.

Wewoka got 10 points from Shaqualla Alexander but struggled offensively all night long, hitting just 7-of-46 (15.2%) field goals.

“We’re headed in the right direction. We beat a team that beat us last week with a real important part of your offense sitting on the bench in foul trouble,” Maloy said. “We’re getting better.”

BOYS

Wewoka 69, Ada 66

Unlike the first meeting, this contest was a nail-biter for three quarters before Wewoka tried to pull away in the fourth.

Ada led 50-47 after two free throws by Billy Long with 7:07 to play. But Wewoka used a pivotal 17-4 run over the next four and a half minutes to rally for a 64-54 lead.

A 12-4 Ada surge got the Cougars within at 68-66 before the Cougar comeback ran out of time. The AHS run ended with a 3-pointer by Cody Hibbard with just a second left in the game.

“I thought we fought until the end. We did a lot of good things. This team is improving. The people who look at boxscores only won’t see the improvements that we see every day.”

The Cougars kept Wewoka in a half court game for much of the contest instead of the run-and-gun tempo the Tigers love to employ.

“I thought we controlled the entire game. We got sped up there for about two or three minutes there and made a couple of key turnovers and if you make key turnovers against a team like Wewoka they can put a run on you,” Lowrance said. “It was a tough game to lose. To lose like that again is a bad deal. But we have to be ready to go again on Friday.”

Long could have really put up some monster numbers, had he not went through a mini-shooting slump late in the game. After he hit seven of his first nine field goals, he missed seven straight.

“Billy Long played a great game. He played incredible for us. If our post play is that good the rest of the year we will have something going,” Lowrance said.

Michael Roberts shrugged off a tough shooting night and still had 11 points for Ada while both Patrick Maloy — who scored six first-quarter points — and Hibbard had seven each.

“All of our guys played well. We did a good job. We were making plays but there at the end, they just made a few more than we did,” Lowrance said.

Wewoka got a big game from Brian Perry who had 18 points and nine rebounds. Virgil Tilley added 18 points and six boards while Mitchell Tilley followed with 17 points and seven rebounds in a balanced attack.

` “We’re through with Wewoka now. We won’t don’t have to see another Tilley or anybody else again. They’re a good team. Give them credit, they came into our house and beat us,” Lowrance said.

Now the Cougars must quickly turn their attention to a quality Broken Bow squad which will visit the Cougar Activity Center Friday night. The Savages are ranked No. 4 in Class 4A.

“The word in the locker room was Broken Bow is coming here Friday and that’s our most important game to us right now,” Lowrance said.