Ada — The Class 4A sixth-ranked Ada Lady Cougars knocked down nine 3-pointers and shot 54 percent from the field in rolling to a 69-32 rout of Durant Tuesday night at the Ada Cougar Activity Center.
Aaliyah Blakley posted a double-double with 15 points, including one 3-pointer, and 10 rebounds to go with four steals and four assists for the Lady Cougars, who improved to 12-3.
Joining Blakley in double figures for Ada was Olivia Wells with 11 points as Ada connected on 58 percent of its close-range shots and was 47 percent (9-of-19) from 3-point territory.
“We finally got good minutes out of all 15 players. I thought our older group really set the tone in the first half,” said Ada Head Coach Christie Jennings. “We played solid defense and shot a decent percentage. Our younger group is getting more relaxed in varsity situations. I thought they played really composed in the second half.”
Haley Dean added nine points, three steals and four assists for the Lady Cougars and Meneé Thomsen tossed in six points on a pair of treys, to go with three steals and three assists. Mckenzie Dean and Sami Jewett also finished with six points each for Ada. Jewett also connected for a pair of 3-pointers.
Markesiha Black registered four steals and three assists to go with her four points.
The Lady Cougars established control early, taking a 22-5 advantage after one quarter and coasting to a 34-19 halftime cushion. Ada then outscored the Lady Lions by 19-5 and 16-8 margins in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
Cierra Taylor paced Durant (2-8) with 13 points.
The next action for the Lady Cougars (12-3) will be Tuesday at home against Madill at 6:30 p.m.
Ada 41, Durant 40
Cory Kilby hit a jumper in the lane with 3.9 seconds left that proved to be the difference. The Lions got off a long 3-pointer at the buzzer that bounced off the rim.
The Cougars (7-5), playing in their fifth straight close game, came out on top this time after dropping the previous four.
Walker Whitworth tossed in 12 points and recorded a pair of 3-point jumpers for Ada. Ten of those points came in the first half. David Forbes followed with nine points, including six in the first half, and one trey.
Tryce Prince and Jamal Henderson chipped in eight points apiece. Six of Prince’s points came in the first half while all eight of Henderson’s occurred during the first two quarters.
James Donelson, who led the Lions (6-8) with 13 points, scored 11 of those in the first half and Will Engle, behind three treys, totaled 11 points in a losing effort.
Ada, leading 16-10 after one quarter and 30-20 at halftime, had to survive a scare after recording just 11 points the entire second half.
“Close games are not uncommon throughout the season. But five in a row is certainly something I haven’t experienced as a coach. It’s good to finally be on the other side of the win column after our four games prior to this one,” said Ada head coach Ron Anderson. “We knew going into this game that Durant would try some type of ‘junk’ defense, especially after our game with McAlester (a one-point loss). We were prepared and I thought the guys did pretty well with only one day of preparation. I was proud of our execution most of the time and this was a great learning experience for us as we prepare for the playoffs.”
The Ada boys meet the Yukon JV at 12:20 p.m. today in the first round Newcastle Tournament.