|02/25/20 - |
The Ada High girls basketball team wasn’t razor-sharp against Blanchard during a Class 4A District championship contest Saturday night inside the Cougar Activity Center.
Coach Christie Jennings’ club was still plenty good enough to surge past the scrappy Lady Lions, 47-34.
The 15th-ranked Lady Cougars improved to 20-4 on the year and set up an epic Class 4A Regional Tournament showdown with No. 13 Sulphur (21-3). That contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Ada. Blanchard fell to 13-11.
“We found a way to get it done. I’m telling you right now, Blanchard is a good basketball team and probably shouldn’t have been put in this position,” said Ada head coach Christie Jennings. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see them over in the area tournament at some point.”
Jennings said nerves played a role in the Lady Cougars not getting much separation until late. Ada led just 26-20 at halftime and when Lauren Coffman scored early in the fourth period, the Lady Lions trailed 34-28.
This was the first playoff victory for all but two players on the Ada High roster.
“After the game, I was bragging on them for finishing. I told them to stand up if you just won your first playoff game, and three-fourths of the locker room stood up,” she said. “I think we were more nervous than we realized we were going to be. We let the moment be bigger than it needed to be, and our kids kind of played tight. They were tense at times. They forgot for a little while that it was supposed to be fun and to play relaxed.”