ADA — Despite hopes for revenge, Ardmore (5A No. 5) suffered its second loss of the season to the Ada Lady Cougars (4A No. 4) on Tuesday night.  The battle of gold-ball contenders was the second matchup between the two worthy opponents in the last week, with the first being a 61-53 overtime victory for Ada.  Ardmore’s J’Sades Ainsworth finished the night with thirty points.
Ardmore’s girls came out in a full-court press defensive approach.  Ainsworth got the ball rolling for Ardmore with the first score of the game. An Amaya Gordon put-back put Ardmore’s ladies up 14-11 at the end of the first quarter.
Ada’s above-average ball-movement and fundamental defensive talents allowed them to play with the more athletic Lady Tigers.  Ardmore’s Sierra Gordon made a big three-point shot with 6:30 remaining in the half. Ada responded with a spin move through the lane for a score.  
Ardmore held an eight-point halftime lead, but it was Ada that took the night.  With Four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Ada found a 33-32 lead, and exited the period with a 33-32 advantage.
Ada really turned the heat up in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 points.  Ada would finish the evening with a 62-51 victory.
Ardmore head coach Debra Manley Manley was not overtly-frustrated with the loss.  “We still have the playoffs. This is just a game for us to work on stuff and get better,” said Manly.


BOX SCORE
Ardmore: 14 14 12 11 - 51
Ada:          11  9  21 21  - 62
SCORING
Ardmore: Ainsworth 30, S. Gordon 8, A. Gordon 8, Pickens 5
Ada: Jessere 19, Taylor 15, Thomsen 11, Dean 11, Emarthle 6
THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Ardmore: 3 (S. Gordon 2, Pickens)
Ada: 3 (Taylor 2, Thomsen)
FREE THROWS
Ardmore: 10-12  
Ada: 15-17