The Ada High girls basketball team did a lot of things right against Heritage Hall Tuesday night inside the Cougar Activity Center. And it showed.
Sophomore Landyn Owens scored a game-high 27 points to help the Lady Cougars pulverize Heritage Hall 70-37.
Ada, ranked No. 13 in Class 5A, starts the season off at 2-0, while the Lady Chargers dropped to 0-4. All four of Heritage Hall’s losses have been to ranked opponents.
In a season-opening win over McAlester, Ada had far too many turnovers and missed too many free throws for head coach Christie Jennings’ liking.
The Lady Cougars turned things around nicely Tuesday night, committing just 10 turnovers and hitting 12-of-15 free shots.
“I thought we really settled in and played pretty good tonight. It was a big improvement. We made free throws. We didn’t turn the ball over nearly as much,” she said. “We got to play everyone that was suited up, and I felt like everybody did their part and contributed. It was a good win.”
Owens missed two chip shots to start the game but quickly shrugged it off. She made 11 of her next 14 field goals, including one 3-pointer, during her big scoring night. Owens also had seven rebounds.
“I thought she was really efficient after (the two early misses). She really shot the ball well tonight,” Jennings said.
The Lady Cougars trailed 5-4 early but turned that around with a 12-2 surge. Freshman Tatum Havens hit two 3-pointers in the run, and her second triple put AHS ahead 16-7 at the 1:35 mark of the first period.
Owens scored six unanswered points to end the first quarter to increase the Ada lead to 22-9.
Owens knifed down the lane for a basket, and senior Kaley Watkins buried a 3-pointer to extend the Ada lead to 32-15 at the 2:40 mark of the second quarter.
The Lady Cougars settled for a 39-23 advantage at halftime.
Ada put the game out of reach with a dominant 17-4 run to open the third quarter. Owens had nine points during that stretch (including the first six),0 and freshman post player Shayla Wofford finished it off with back-to-back buckets inside that made it 56-27 with just over three minutes remaining in the third period.
Ada limited Heritage Hall to three points in the fourth period.
Wofford finished with 13 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Cougars. Amaya Frizell scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Tatum also had a strong outing with eight points, six rebounds and four steals.
Watkins hit a pair of 3-pointers for the hosts.
The Lady Chargers got 14 points from Hannah Stanley, who sank 8-of-9 free throws. Macy Moore hit a trio of 3-pointers and scored 13 for the guests.
The Ada girls travel to Duncan today for a 4 p.m. matchup with Cache in the first round of the Southern Oklahoma Invitational.