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Idabel takes over Cougar Activity Center

Jan. 25—For nearly three quarters, the Ada High boys basketball team went toe-to-toe with Class 3A No. 4 Idabel.

But the Warriors took over with a 12-0 run that ended the third quarter and started the fourth period en route to a 60-50 win over the Cougars Tuesday night inside the Cougar Activity Center.

Coach Kyle Caufield's club, No. 8 in Class 4A, has now lost three of its past four contests to fall to 12-5 on the year. Idabel left town at 15-2.

The Idabel girls team flexed their 3A muscles against Ada in the girls, game, using speed and quickness to help force 31 Lady Cougar turnovers in a decisive 67-38 win. The second-ranked Lady Warriors improved to 16-1 on the year, have won 13 straight games, and have outscored their last five opponents by a combined 342 (68.4 ppg) to 180 (36 ppg).

Ada dipped below .500 at 8-9 on the season.

Both AHS clubs will try to regroup with a long road trip to Ft. Gibson on Saturday. The Lady Tigers are ranked No. 5 in Class 4A. Varsity game times are scheduled for 2:30 & 4 p.m.

BOYS

Idabel 60, Ada 50

Ada's Keith Cook drained a 3-pointer at the 1:15 mark of the third quarter to get the Cougars within a single point at 43-42.

Idabel then went on its 12-0 run to seize control of the contest.

Four different IHS players scored during the volley, including Cordavious Hankins, who hit three baskets during the surge, including an inbounds layup with just under four minutes left in the game that put the Warriors top 55-42.

The game went back and forth throughout the first half.

Ada started the game by jumping out to a 7-2 lead but Idabel responded with a 13-7 run to end the frame and held a slim 15-14 edge heading to the second period.

There were five lead changes in the second quarter alone. The Cougars finished that frame with a 3-pointer from Devon MacCollister and a fast-break layup from Cook as time was running out that gave the hosts a 28-27 halftime lead.

After two free shots by Hankins at the 3:08 mark of the third quarter put Idabel ahead 43-35, Ada scored the next seven points.

Deante Lindsay sank two free throws, Cook scored at the end of another fast break following a steal by Case Stafford and then Cook's big 3-point baskets made it 43-42 before Idabel turned the tables.

Cook finished with 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for the Cougars. MacCollister hit three 3-point baskets and also scored 15 points for Ada.

Carter Colombe just missed double figures for the home team with nine points. he also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Tremain Gray added seven points for Ada, including a crowd-pleasing steal and dunk early in the first period.

Hankins led all scorers with 24 points for the Warriors. Both John Paul Sumo and post-player Chris Bloodsoe followed with 12 points apiece.

Jabari Threadgill didn't score but finished with eight rebounds and three steals for Idabel.

GIRLS

Idabel 67, Ada 38

The game didn't stay close for long. Abbey Strong hit an early 3-pointer that got the Lady Cougars within 8-5. Idabel finished the first period on a 16-2 run and led 24-7 after the first eight minutes.

The Lady Warriors led by as many as 25 late in the second quarter but Makaviya Nelson hit a 3-pointer just before halftime that made it 38-16 at the break.

The IHS lead grew to 51-21 late in the third quarter.

The Lady Cougars used a nice stretch in the fourth quarter and got within 53-35 on a pull-up jumper by Saide Epps with 5:31 to play.

But Idabel's head coach sent her talented starters back in and the Lady Warriors ended the contest on a 14-3 volley.

Guards Jaylen Cauthron and Mercades Lopez led the Idabel charge. Cauthron, who was named the MVP of the 2024 Wampus Cat Classic in Atoka last week, scored 24 points and had six steals.

Lopez was next with 14 points to go with nine takeaways that led to a number of fast-break layups.

The Lady Warriors struggled from 3-point territory, making just one of their first 18 attempts from beyond the arc.

Highly acclaimed post player Mary Carden, a towering 6-6 senior who has committed to Oral Roberts University, scored six points (on only six field goal attempts) and had seven rebounds for Idabel.

Strong sank 3-of-6 3-point baskets for nine points to lead the Ada offense. Epps followed with eight points and both Nelson and Jamieson Emarthle hit a pair of triples for six points apiece.