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Local teams pick up Friday ECOC victories

Jan. 9—All three local East Central Oklahoma Classic teams secured victories in tournament action on Friday inside the Cougar Activity Center.

The Ada Lady Cougars made just enough plays down the stretch to turn back Class 2A No. 13 Pocola 55-50 in a semifinal contest.

The Ada boys upended old rival Ardmore 62-54 in a semifinal game that featured several tense moments.

And the Byng Pirates defeated Hugo 57-47 in a consolation semifinal contest.

GIRLS

Semifinals

Ada 55, Pocola 50

The Lady Cougars dominated the first 18 minutes of the game. After Makaviya Nelson buried a 3-pointer at the 5:49 mark of the third quarter, Ada held what seemed like, a commanding 31-19.

But the Lady Indians — led by standout Allyssa Parker — put together a big comeback.

Pocola whittled its deficit to 39-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

A basket inside by Ada's Jamieson Emarthle pushed the AHS advantage back to 43-35 early in the final period, but Pocola again put together a rally.

The Indians used a 12-3 surge and after Lety Parga knifed down the lane and scored a basket with just over three minutes left, Pocala had taken its first lead since the first quarter at 47-46.

However, the Lady Cougars got back-to-back clutch 3-pointers from Karsyn Woods and Sadie Epps, which put the home team on top to stay at 52-47 with 2:08 remaining.

Ada went 4-of-6 from the free-throw line — including a 3-for-4 effort by Abbey Strong — to ice the game.

The Lady Cougars sank ten 3-pointers in the game, led by Nelson who made four triples and scored a team-high 15 points. Strong drained a trio of 3-point baskets and finished with 14 points. Epps also hit double figures with 10.

Nelson also had five rebounds and two steals in the game. Strong contributed four rebounds and three takeaways.

Parker had a huge all-round game for Pocola. The junior, who has committed to the University of Oklahoma to play softball, finished the game with 25 points, eight rebounds, and five steals. Parker finished 12-of-16 from the field. (She followed that up by scoring a career-high 42 points during her team's narrow 73-72 win over Ardmore in Saturday's third-place game.)

BOYS

Semifinals

Ada 62, Ardmore 54

The Cougars led just 25-24 at the halfway mark of the second quarter but ended that period on a pivotal 15-2 run to carry a 40-26 lead into the break. At the end of that Ada surge, Ardmore head coach Kyle Jessie received back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected from the game. Ada's final four points of the second period came from four technical free throws by Devon MacCollister with 11.6 seconds on the clock

To the Tigers' credit, they came roaring back in the third quarter and ended that frame with a 10-0 run that cut the Ada advantage to 47-45 heading into the fourth period.

The Cougars put together a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter that was capped when MacCollister grabbed a rebound and fired a long pass downcourt to Deante Lindsay who fed Keith Cook for a layup that pushed the Ada lead to 60-47.

MacCollister led the Ada charge with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Cook also hit double figures for Ada with 10 points. Both Tremain Gray and Lindsay added eight points apiece.

Ardmore was led by Taylan Booker-Brown who registered 22 points, six rebounds, and three steals. Demontrea Stevenson was next with 12 points. He also had three steals.

Consolation Semifinals

Byng 57, Hugo 47

The Pirates got off to a good defensive start, limiting Hugo to six points in each of the first two quarters en route to a 24-12 halftime lead.

The Buffaloes put together a third-quarter comeback, outscoring Byng 21-12 to get within 36-33 heading to the fourth period.

The Pirates pulled away with a 21-14 run to end the game.

Malachi Schilreff scored a game-high 28 points to pace the Pirates.

Mark Birdshead also hit double figures for Byng with 15 points. Cooper McCage was next with seven.

Travion King led Hugo with 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. A balanced Buffaloes' offense saw Daiquan Lennox score eight points and Trystunn Fleeks and Lamarcus Davis added seven points each.