DUNCAN — Freshman Tatum Havens scored a team-high 18 points to help the Ada Lady Cougars survive in a thrilling 63-55 double-overtime win over Cache Thursday in the first round of the Southern Oklahoma Invitational.

Ada improved to 3-0 on the young season, while Cache slipped to 0-4. The Lady Cougars (No. 12 in Class 4A), played Norman (No. 17 in Class 6A) in a semifinal game on Friday.

The game was tight throughout, as Ada led 22-18 at halftime and Cache tied the score at 31-31 heading to the fourth period. Both teams scored 15 in the final period, and each squad had seven points in the first overtime.

Ada finally took control in the second OT, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 10-2.

“I told the girls after the game, an ugly W is better than a pretty loss any day,” said Ada head coach Christie Jennings. “Tonight was a very physical, hard-fought battle. We feel fortunate to come out with a win.”

Havens had plenty of help from her friends. Landyn Owens scored 14 points for the Lady Cougars, while Amaya Frizell also reached double figures with 12. Alex Hamilton added eight points to the AHS attack.

Cache got a game-high 20 points from Kayla Niedo — who sank three triples — in a losing cause. Kloe Heidebrecht scored 12 points in the balanced CHS attack. Kyla Bonnarens finished with 11 points, while Hannah Heidebrecht also hit double figures with 10.

Konawa girls roll in Agra

AGRA – Balanced scoring and a 17-3 first quarter ignited the Konawa Lady Tigers to a 60-25 rout of Olive Thursday in the first round of the Agra Invitational.

Kenley Matthews led the way with 10 points, including three 3-point baskets, and Frankie Soar collected nine, including one trey. Kayden King, Charlene Galimba, Charlyee Ortiz and Kayla Hill tallied eight points apiece.

King pulled down four rebounds and recorded three steals. Galimba totaled five boards, three assists and six steals. Ortiz, who canned two 3-point shots, finished with five rebounds and a pair of steals, and Hill grabbed four boards and compiled three assists. Ashley Duck dished out three assists as well.

“We wanted to have a more balancing scoring attack coming in, and thought the girls did a great job of moving the ball well and getting everyone involved on the offensive side,” said Konawa head coach Ray Ardery.

After opening up the 14-point lead through the opening quarter, the Lady Tigers outscored Olive, 18-8, in the second in establishing a 35-11 halftime advantage. A 12-3 third quarter made it 47-14.

Konawa, 2-1, played in the semifinals on Friday. Olive fell to 3-3.

Byng girls

turn back Wewoka

BYNG – Emily Wilson fired in 20 points, including two treys, and Trenity Miller tacked on 13 points, including one 3-point bucket, as the Byng Lady Pirates knocked off the Wewoka Lady Tigers, 51-44, Thursday in the opening round of the Okemah Tournament.

“We played a little shorthanded tonight with Britney (Brooks-Teel) being out due to illness. I thought Kros (Krosby Clinton) stepped up and played a big role for us defensively in Brit’s absence. We got good contributions across the board,” said Byng head coach Trent Miller.

The Lady Pirates also received nine points out of Kennedy Large, and Clinton chipped in four.

Byng led 12-10 after one quarter and went on an 18-10 run in the second in building a 30-20 halftime lead. The Lady Pirates led just 40-35

The Lady Pirates improved to 3-1 on the season, while Wewoka also sits at 3-1.

Wewoka soars

past Byng team

OKEMAH – Kobey Stephens poured in a game-high 27 points while going 9-of-10 from the free-throw stripe Thursday as the Wewoka Tigers knocked off the Byng Pirates 74-61 in the first round of the Okemah Tournament.

The Pirates absorbed their first loss of the season, falling to 1-4, while Wewoka improved to 1-3.

Kaleb King and Evan Stafford chipped in 13 points each for Wewoka, which pulled away for the win midway through the third quarter.

Theran Smith, despite being saddled with foul problems, paced Byng with 17 points and Cale Eaton, who canned one trey, ended up with 12 points. Tyler Walker was next with nine points, and Parker Presley contributed eight.

Defensively, the Tigers pressed the whole game, as Wewoka went on a 15-0 run at one point. But the Pirates countered with a 15-0 run of their own to keep it close.

The Pirates forced a 37-all tie with 4:13 left in the third, but that was when Wewoka began to pull away. Reserves for both teams played the final 3:34 of the fourth.

Cache turns back

Ada in Duncan

DUNCAN – Morgan Cox collected 31 points and was 13-of-14 from the free-throw line as the Cache Bulldogs held off the Ada Cougars 64-62 Thursday in the opening round of the Southern Oklahoma Invitational at Duncan High School.

Cache, which connected on six 3-point baskets on the night, overcame nine treys from Ada.

Kobe Burgess racked up a team-leading 19 points, with 16 coming in the first half. Jaxson Robinson added 14 points to the Cougar attack and sank four treys, three of which came in the second half to help Ada stay in serious contention.

Jeremiah Shaw-Alexander, behind a 5-of-5 effort from the charity stripe, collected nine points. Trey Havens, with two treys, compiled eight points. Tanner Gilliam and Jake Shannon chipped in six apiece to round out the Ada scoring. Shannon sank two 3-point shots.

The Cougars jumped out to an 18-12 advantage through the first quarter and clung to a 32-30 halftime lead. However, Cache went on a 19-13 scoring binge in the third.

Semaj Short tossed in 12 points for the Bulldogs and teammate Zavon Griffin ended up with 10. Griffin converted a pair of long-range shots to reach double figures.

Ada, ranked No. 7 in Class 5A, is now off to a 1-2 start, while Cache improved to 4-0.

Brian Johnson contributed to this report.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.