Gritty Owens named area's top freshman

After averaging 10.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and compiling 36 steals, 47 deflections and 21 assists as a starter for Ada High School, Landyn Owens was named the 2018 All-Area Freshman of the Year.

Ada girls basketball coach Christie Jennings hasn’t thrown many freshmen into the Class 4A fire since she’s been at the helm of the Lady Cougar basketball program. She had to make an exception for Landyn Owens.

The talented Ada youngster averaged a team-best 10.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per contest in a starting role for the Lady Cougars during the 2017-18 season and was named the 2018 All-Area Girls Freshman of the Year.

“Landyn had a really good freshman season. She had an opportunity to play a lot of minutes as a freshman, unlike many good players that have come out of Ada. I’ve had some really good players at Ada, but they all had to play backseat roles to upperclassmen,” Jennings said. “I think that experience will pay off big next season.”

Owens also collected 36 steals and 47 deflections — both team-highs — and added 21 assists.

Owens showed no fear while playing a tough Class 4A schedule.

“Her biggest attributes are her competitiveness and grit,” 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.