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December 21, 2013

Lady Cougars best McLoud in semifinals

Ada — Senior Aaliyah Blakley poured in 20 points as the short-handed Ada Lady Cougars upended McLoud, 35-25, Friday in the semifinals of the 2013 Global Productions Basketball Tournament at Bethel High School.

Ada, 3-1 on the season, advanced to the tournament finals and was scheduled to face co-host Bethel on Saturday for the title, weather permitting.

The Lady Cougars played without senior guard Sami Jewett, who suffered a hip injury just one minute into their 58-26 first-round win over Little Axe Thursday at McLoud. Jewett is expected to miss the remainder of the tournament, but should be back for next week’s Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic, which begins on Dec. 26, according to Ada head coach Christie Jennings.

Ada picked up Friday’s semifinal win, despite converting just 3-of-14 free throws.

“We found a way to win. We didn’t play well, particularly late. We got a big enough lead to survive,” said Jennings.

The Lady Cougars ended up with just two 3-pointers on the night, one each from Blakley and Meneé Thomsen, who finished with five points.

Giving Ada a big lift in the rebounding department were Olivia Wells with 10 to go with her four points and Markeisha Black with eight to go with her two points.

Jordan Murphy paced the Lady Redskins with 15 points in a losing cause. Only three players got into the scoring column for McLoud.

The Lady Cougars opened up a 9-6 advantage after one quarter and then coasted to a 19-10 halftime advantage. It was 29-15 in favor of Ada after three quarters. McLoud cut the deficit to 10 with a 10-6 fourth quarter.

First Round

Ada 58, Little Axe 26

Blakley fired in 25 points and Wells registered a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds as Ada routed Little Axe.

The Lady Cougars jumped out to an 18-4 lead through one quarter, despite losing the services of Jewett early.

Black tossed in eight points, including one trey, and recorded a team-high five steals. Haley Dean also chipped in six points for the winners.

Ada led 35-17 at halftime and went on a 16-6 run in the third for a 51-23 cushion, heading into the fourth period.

Savannah Hall, behind two 3-pointers, led the Lady Indians with eight points.

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