Jan. 23—JONES — The Ada High School girls basketball team ran out of steam toward the end of a 53-47 loss to Heritage Hall Saturday in the third-place contest of the Jones Kiwanis Invitational.
Ada leaves the tournament at 8-8 on the season. Heritage Hall, which dropped a 43-35 decision to Ada on Jan. 2, improved to 7-7.
"Heritage Hall is much improved since we played them earlier in the season. We weren't as good as we were on Friday of the tournament," said Ada head coach Christie Jennings. "I think we were spent and had run out of gas. We have got to rest up and try to get ready for Idabel on Tuesday."
Host Jones, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, turned back Ada 48-40 in a Friday night semifinal contest. The Lady Longhorns sport an 11-4 record.
The Lady Cougars opened tournament play with a decisive 50-27 win over Mount St. Mary (4-11).
Idabel, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, will bring a glossy 15-1 record into the Cougar Activity Center tonight. The Lady Warriors trounced the competition en route to winning the 2024 Wampus Cat Classic championship over the weekend in Atoka.
Heritage Hall 53, Ada 47
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with Ada holding an early 10-9 advantage and the Lady Charger grabbing a slim 24-23 halftime edge. Heritage Hall outscored Ada 14-11 in the third period to stretch its lead to 38-34 and ended the game on a 15-10 run.
Sadie Epps led the way for Ada with 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Center Ava Campos and Abbey Strong both scored 11 points for the Cougars. Strong sank three 3-point shots.
Makaviya Nelson hit two triples for six points for the locals.
Lainey Portman led all scorers with 21 points for Heritage Hall. She sank a pair of treys. Marley Moore canned three 3-pointers and scored 19 for the Lady Chargers.
Jones 48, Ada 40
The Lady Cougars trailed 24-18 at halftime before Jones outscored Ada 15-7 in the third quarter to build a 39-25 lead. Ada finished the game with a 15-9 volley but couldn't get over the hump.
"Jones is still a very good basketball team. They still have talent and are well-coached," Jennings said. "We set out to take away a couple of their weapons. We did that, but they had a guard get hot from the three. I was worried about scoring against their tough defense, but we kept finding ways. It wasn't the finish we wanted, but we never quit and continued to fight until the final buzzer."
A balanced AHS offense saw six players score at least four points.
Abbey Strong paced the Ada bunch with nine points, including two 3-pointers. Sadie Epps followed with eight points and Makaviya Nelson hit a pair of 3s for six points.
Ava Campos followed with five points and both Jamieson Emarthle and Gracey Dotson chipped in four points apiece.
Jones standout Kneah Smith poured in a game-high 20 points, including four 3-point baskets. Karizma Johnson and Sofi Woodson both contributed 11 points each for the Lady Longhorns. Johnson made three 3-pointers.
Ada 50, Mount St. Mary 27
The Lady Cougars took control of the game after a 19-5 run in the second quarter made it 32-11 at halftime.
"We played really great defense against Mount St. Mary. We held them to single digits in every single quarter," Jennings said. "We set out to stop their best player and held her to just three field goals. I was very pleased."
Makaviya Nelson drilled four 3-point baskets for all 12 of her team-high point total. Sadie Epps was next with 11 points and Abbey Strong hit a trio of 3-pointers for nine points.
Jamieson Emarthle added eight points for Ada and Ava Campos chipped in six.
Kyle Ross scored a game-high 15 points for the Lady Rockets, including a pair of 3-point baskets.