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Ada — During this past football season, Seminole star Papi White rushed for over 3,200 yards and scored 41 touchdowns.
Through three quarters against the Ada boys basketball team Tuesday night inside the Cougar Activity Center, he was nearly a non-factor.
White took over in the fourth period, scoring seven points, drawing the fourth and fifth fouls on Ada playmaker Cory Kilby and knocking down a tie-breaking free throw with five seconds left in the game to lift Seminole to a 57-56 upset win over the Cougars.
The Chieftains, unranked in Class 4A, improved to 6-2 on the year while No. 13 Ada slipped to 6-3.
“That’s what competitors do. That’s why he’s going to be a Division I football player. Seminole is no stranger. They always have some athletes. They just outcompeted us tonight,” said Ada head coach Ron Anderson.
In the girls game, the Ada offense never quite seemed to get on track, but the Ada defense provided more than enough scoring opportunities in a 40-19 victory over outmatched Seminole.
The Ada girls (No. 6 in Class 4A) improved to 9-3, while Seminole plunged to 1-6.
Seminole 57, Ada 56
White began making big plays at the 4:27 mark, when he drove to the basket and made the layup after drawing Kilby’s fourth foul. He missed the free throw, but Seminole still led 50-47.
Kilby responded by driving to the baseline and finishing at the basket with a two-handed dunk to get Ada within 50-49 while energizing the Cougar Activity Center crowd.
White would strike again on a similar play, as Kilby fouled out trying to stop another one of his drives to the basket. He would make both free throws to put Seminole on top, 52-49, with 3:29 to play.
Ada speedster Jamal Henderson followed with a quick move to the basket for a layup with 3:15 left that made it 52-51.
After a steal by Walker Whitworth, Henderson scored again to give Ada its first lead since the third quarter at 53-52 with 2:05 left.
Seminole’s Xavier Freeman scored after missing two previous shots but pulling down both rebounds to give the Chieftains a 54-53 advantage with 1:51 remaining.
After Henderson missed the front end of a one-and-one, White drained two free throws with 36 seconds remaining to give Seminole a 56-53 cushion. But Henderson drained a 3-pointer off an assist from Whitworth with 18 ticks left to knot the score at 56-56. Henderson would lead the Ada offense with 17 points.
White would drive to the basket with :05 showing and went to the free-throw line after Henderson attempted to draw a charge. He made the second of two free shots to break the deadlock.
After an Ada timeout, David Forbes took the inbounds pass and handed the ball off to Whitworth, who was streaking down the far sideline. The Ada sharpshooter got a good look at a 3-point shot at the buzzer, but he couldn’t connect as Seminole hung on for the dramatic victory.
A fast-paced first quarter saw both teams sizzle from the field, hitting 7-of-12 field goals apiece. Seminole led just 18-17 late in the first quarter, but Seminole big man Jayce Cravens scored eight unanswered points of his own to put the Chieftains on top 26-17 with just under seven minutes left in the second period. Cravens led all scorers with 21 points to go with nine rebounds.
Anderson said giving up that many points in nine minutes of game time has to stop.
“That’s not acceptable," he said. “The only word I can think of to describe that game was disappointing. It’s obvious we can score, and we haven’t had that problem all that much all year long.
"I was disappointed in our defensive effort. We’re going to have to learn to guard people if we’re going to play good teams when it comes playoff time. We can’t give up that many points. We just didn’t challenge them all that much on the defensive end.”
Ada climbed back into the game with an impressive 13-4 run that knotted the score at 30-30 via a Whitworth 3-pointer at the 2:26 mark of the second period. Seminole would lead 32-31 at halftime.
The biggest bright spot for Ada was Henderson’s play at point guard.
“Jamal had a great game tonight. He took some leadership at the point guard, which I was hoping he would do,” Anderson said. “If he continues to play that way and we take care of business on the other end, I think we’ll be OK.”
Kilby added 15 points and six rebounds before fouling out, while Forbes contributed 12 points and eight rebounds.
Freeman scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the visitors while White ended with nine points, including a 5-for-7 effort from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
Ada 40, Seminole 19
The Ada girls hit just three of their first 13 field goals and found themselves very much still in a dogfight when Danielle Lee hit a 3-pointer for Seminole to start the second quarter and knot the score at 8-8.
“I thought we were really lethargic but turned it on when we needed to,” said Ada head coach Christie Jennings.
Ada immediately turned it on, especially on the defensive end. After Lee’s triple to start the second quarter, the Lady Chieftains wouldn’t score again until Lee hit another 3-pointer with just under six minutes left in the third period. By that time, Ada had reeled off 19 unanswered points and led 27-8 after a fast-break bucket by Markeisha Black.
Aaliyah Blakley fought through a tough shooting night to finish with 12 points, five rebounds and two steals, while Sami Jewett hit a trio of 3-pointers to follow with nine points and three takeaways. Olivia Wells added six points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Cougars. Haley Dean didn’t score but had seven boards.
Lee’s two 3-pointers and six points were enough to lead Seminole off the bench.
The Ada defense helped force 29 Seminole turnovers.
Both Ada teams played in the championship games of the Global Productions Classic in Bethel Wednesday night, and they will travel to McAlester Saturday to take on the rival Buffaloes. Varsity game times are set for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Ada 40, Seminole 19
SEMINOLE 5 3 6 5 — 19
ADA 8 15 11 6 — 40
SEMINOLE: Danielle Lee 2-7, 0-0, 6; Whitney SInor 2-4, 0-0, 4; Breonna Harge 1-4, 1-2, 4; Jacey James 0-3, 2-4, 2; Arianna Dennis 1-1, 0-1, 2; Mikayla Marchall 0-2, 1-2, 1. Totals: 6-26, 4-10, 19.
ADA: Aaliyah Blakley 4-14, 4-7, 12; Sami Jewett 3-10, 0-0, 9; Olivia Wells 3-4, 0-0, 6; Markeisha Black 1-3, 2-2, 4; Anelí Thomsen 1-7, 0-0, 3; Meneé Thomsen 1-6, 0-0, 2; Ryleigh Cooper 1-1, 0-1, 2; Dembri Weeks 0-2, 1-2, 1; Payton Taylor 0-4, 1-2, 1. Totals: 14-61, 8-18, 40.
Turnovers: Seminole 29, Ada 14.
Steals: Seminole 5, Ada 17 (Black 4).
Rebounds: Seminole 32 (Jacie Satawake 7); Ada 50 (Wells 10, Dean 7).
3-point goals: Seminole 3-12 (Lee 2-7, Harge 1-1); Ada 4-20 (Jewett 3-9, A. Thomsen 1-5).
Fouled out: None.
Seminole 57, Ada 56
SEMINOLE 19 13 14 11 — 57
ADA 17 14 12 13 — 56
SEMINOLE: Jayce Cravens 7-17, 6-8, 21; Xavier Freeman 5-15, 0-0, 12; Ryan Tilley 3-6, 1-2, 10; Papi White 2-4, 5-7, 9; Jake Roberts 2-3, 1-3, 5. Totals: 19-45, 12-20, 57.
ADA: Jamal Henderson 8-11, 0-0, 17; Cory Kilby 6-10, 2-2, 15; David Forbes 4-8, 2-4, 12; Tryce Prince 3-8, 0-0, 6; Walker Whitworth 2-8, 0-0, 6. Totals: 23-45, 4-7, 56.
Turnovers: Seminole 7, Ada 11.
Steals: Seminole 8 (Tilley 4); Ada 4.
Rebounds: Seminole 29 (Cravens 9, Freeman 9); Ada 30 (Forbes 8, Kilby 6).
3-point goals: Seminole 7-17 (Tilley 3-6, Freeman 2-4, Cravens 2-7); Ada 6-21 (Whitworth 2-8, Forbes 2-5, Kilby 1-3, Henderson 1-2).
Fouled out: Kilby (A).