ADA — Jeff Maloy couldn’t get too excited about the Ada Lady Cougars’ 60-17 victory over outmanned Western Heights in the opening round of the East Central Oklahoma Basketball Classic. 

In fact, Thursday was probably one of Maloy’s most relaxing evenings on a basketball court in his 15-plus seasons here.

Ada totally dominated the final three quarters of the game, allowing the Jets only eight SHOTS in the first half and only five field goals (in 22 attempts) overall, despite the fact that Maloy’s starters watched most of the second half from the bench and every player on the Ada roster saw action.

“The important thing tonight was that we were able to get everybody in the game,” Maloy said after watching his club win its fourth straight contest to improve to 4-1 on the season.  “And they all gave me quality minutes.”

All 11 of the Ada players who suited up scored in the game, and the Lady Cougars enjoyed one of their best nights of the season at both ends of the floor, hitting 23-of-41 field goal attempts, including a remarkable 14-of-20 in the second half, to complement their stifling defensive effort.

“I was a little disappointed with the shooting of a couple of our kids in the first half, but some others stepped up,” Maloy said.  “In fact, our second and third team probably shot the ball better than the starters.”

With the victory, Ada advanced to a semifinal contest against Edmond North — a 52-39 winner over Moore Thursday afternoon — at 7:30 p.m. tonight. In the other girls’ semifinal, Choctaw will face Sand Springs at 4:30 for the right to meet the Ada-Edmond North winner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the girls’ championship game.

Choctaw dominated Shawnee, 50-27, in Thursday’s opening game, while Sand Springs advanced with a 34-31 victory over Idabel.

“Edmond has some size, and that should create some problems for us,” Maloy said of the Huskies, who were narrowly beaten by Class 6A power Edmond Santa Fe last month.  “They play 6A competition every night.  They’re the best team we’ve faced so far this year.”

Ada started slowly Thursday and actually trailed twice in the first half, but after Western Heights’ Amanda Boley hit her team’s only 3-pointer of the game with 2:50 left in the opening quarter to put the Jets up, 5-4, Ada center Megan Foley accounted for all the points in a 7-0 run to close the period and put the Lady Cougars in control for good.

Foley, a 6-1 junior, hit a layup off an assist from Jourdan Clark with 1:32 left to put Ada up, 6-5, then she hit a jumper (off another Clark assist) 27 seconds later and converted a conventional 3-point play with 39.6 seconds left in the quarter after a putback of a Clark miss.

Western Heights managed only one field goal — a short turnaround jumper by Courtney Cozad with 12 seconds left — in the second quarter, while Ada got scoring from five different players en route to a 25-9 halftime lead.  Foley scored her eighth straight point on a free throw with 6:53 left in the half to make it 12-5, Clark and Caitlin Patrizi both hit 3-pointers in the period, Joy Barrick (who didn’t take a shot in the first quarter) hit her only shot of the quarter and added two free throws, and sophomore Jenny Bolin hit a jumper early in the period and one of three free throws after she was fouled on a desperation heave at the buzzer.

Lauren Whitworth, who came off the bench to score nine points and grab three rebounds, led Ada with five points in a third quarter that saw the Lady Cougars hold Western Heights without a field goal (in seven tries) and outscore the Jets, 17-2, and Eliza Van Horn and Rachel Stanchomb had five points apiece and Whitworth added four in the fourth quarter as Maloy emptied his bench.

Clark, Ada’s freshman point guard, and Barrick -- one of only three seniors on the roster -- had solid all-around games despite their limited playing time.  Barrick had three rebounds, three steals and an assists to go with her six points, and Clark scored seven points, grabbed a pair of steals and led Ada in assists (3) and rebounds (4).