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Ada — The Ada girls post duo of Aaliyah Blakley and Olivia Wells decided recently to get the same hairdo and at first glance, it may be hard to tell them apart.
You certainly couldn’t tell much difference in their play Tuesday night against Madill.
Blakley and Wells combined for 38 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Lady Cougars past the Lady Wildcats 67-41 inside the Cougar Activity Center.
“They both have been having really good games lately,” said Ada head coach Christie Jennings.
It’s not a surprise to see Blakley, the senior veteran, score 21 points to go with 12 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. But Wells, a 5-11 junior, has steadily improved from last year to now and was just as effective in the post while adding 17 points and four rebounds.
“Olivia’s growing up and maturing. She has a chance to be really good,” Jennings said.
Ada (No. 6 in Class 4A) improved to 13-3, while Madill fell to 7-5. The Lady Cougars have won nine of their last 10 contests.
Blakley scored six straight points and Wells hit the first and last buckets during a 14-1 Ada run that turned a one-point game into a 19-5 AHS advantage.
“I thought we came out kind of lethargic and turned down some shots we usually take. But we got going,” Jennings said.
Madill started the game 0-for-8 from the field until senior Kaylen Sweat, daughter of head coach Hugh Don Sweat, drained a 25-foot desperation 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer that got her team within 21-12.
Haley Dean (who finished with seven points and five steals) scored two quick Ada baskets leading off the second period — one on a long pass after a Blakley rebound, and another on a steal and layup. Wells added a basket inside to push the Ada lead to 27-12.
Ada led 33-17 at the break as Madill was able to stay within striking distance by hitting 10-of-15 free throws during the first two quarters. The Wildcats struck first in the third quarter, using a 9-2 surge to get within 35-26 after Brenna Green hit her only 3-pointer of the game at the halfway point of the period. Green scored 13 points to lead Madill.
The Lady Cougars responded with a 15-6 surge to forge a 50-32 lead with 6:16 to play and finally put the game out of reach.
“In the first half, they made so many free throws and kind of stayed in the game. Madill came out in the third quarter and had a push, and then I thought we matched it and kind of put the game away,” Jennings said. “In the second half, our defense played really well without fouling.”
Sami Jewett didn’t hit a field goal, but she finished 8-of-10 from the free-throw line for Ada.
It was the first game for Ada since a 69-32 win over Durant Jan. 21.
“We hadn’t played in a week, so you had to feel pretty good about getting the win,” Jennings said.
Ada can now focus on a showdown with Harrah at home Friday night. The Lady Panthers enter the game 15-2 and ranked No. 3 in Class 4A.
“It should be a showdown,” Jennings said. “Hopefully both teams show up and play well because it’s a big game at an important time (4A playoff pairings will be announced next week). They have a great basketball team, and I’m excited about the opportunity to see how we match up with them.”