Feb. 2—HARRAH — The Ada High girls basketball team couldn't quite come up with enough big plays and big shots in the closing minutes in a tough 49-46 road loss to Harrah in a Tuesday night road game.
The Lady Panthers improved to 11-7 on the year after a win on Pink Out Night in Harrah, while the Lady Cougars stumbled to 8-11.
"We had some good moments, but we couldn't finish the game," said Ada head coach Christie Jennings. "Harrah plays so hard. I felt like we matched their intensity but couldn't get shots to fall late."
Ada is scheduled to host Class 3A No. 15 Millwood tonight inside the Cougar Activity Center. The Lady Cougars face two more ranked teams next week, traveling to Class 4A No. 5 Tuttle on Tuesday before hosting Class 4A No. 9 Fort Gibson on Feb. 9.
Harrah 49, Ada 46
Ada led 15-12 after the first period and carried a 23-21 advantage into halftime. Harrah outscored Ada 12-10 in the third period to tie the score at 33-33 and set up an exciting fourth period.
Harrah's Breanna Catrambone sank a 3-pointer with 2:31 left to put the home team ahead 42-37.
Ada got an answer when Sadie Epps hit a floater in the lane that trimmed the AHS deficit to 42-39 with 2:18 to play.
After a Harrah turnover, Makaviya Nelson hit a clutch 3-pointer that knotted the game at 42-42 with just under two minutes left in the contest.
The Lady Panthers turned a Brook Robb steal into a layup by Sayler Eaton that gave Harrah a 44-42 lead with 1:16 left.
After the hosts got a defensive stop, Eaton hit two big free throws with 46.4 remaining which gave Harrah a 46-42 cushion.
Ada's Jamieson Emarthle scored on a putback on the Lady Cougars' next trip down the court that made it 46-44 with 35.2 seconds left on the clock.
However, Gabby Sawyer hit a pair of free throws with 23 seconds remaining that put Harrah ahead 48-44 and all but sealed the outcome.
Epps led the Ada offense with 15 points. Freshman Ava Campos and Rylynn Truett were next with seven points each. Nelson hit a pair of triples for six points and Abbey Strong chipped in five points.
Allison Pirce paced Harrah with 13 points and Catrambone followed with 11 points. Ashley Hamm and Easton both scored seven points for the home team.