SPERRY, OK —
Keni Lippe scored 16 points, a quartet of teammates each had nine and the top-ranked Adair girls blazed past Chelsea, 70-23, to claim a 3A regional tournament title.
The win moves the Lady Warriors (25-1) one win away from a return to the state tournament, where they should be overwhelming favorites to bring home a state title.
“They realize that each game now, the competition is just going to get better and better and better,” AHS head coach Scott Winfield said. “All those seniors are experienced, they know what’s coming and they’ll stay focused.”
Junior Kylie Looney and seniors Molly Kerr and Bailey Stephens each scored nine first-half points for Adair. Chelsea managed just nine as a team in the first two quarters.
In two regional games, including Saturday's win and a 67-24 destruction of Sperry Thursday, Adair has allowed just 47 combined points.
“I was talking to them today (Saturday) about playing good defense, and I thought we played good defense,” Winfield said. “I’m proud of the way they came out today and stayed focused.”
Madi Wengerd scored nine points via a trio of 3-pointers off the bench in the fourth quarter. Wengerd was one of five bench players and 10 Lady Warriors who scored in the game.
Winfield is pleased with his team’s depth. “It just helps your program down the road,” he said.
Adair can clinch a bid in the state tournament with a win against Spiro Friday at Skiatook High School. The Lady Warriors and Lady Bulldogs will tip at 6:30 p.m.
Ironmen eke past Adair in regional final
SPERRY — Adair’s Warriors are facing yet another uphill climb in an area tournament after a 51-47 loss to Nowata in a 3A regional final at Sperry Saturday.
The Warriors (15-10), winners of seven of their last nine, trailed by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter but battled back to within one point, but could not overcome K.C. Boultinghouse’s game-high 21 points.
BJ Bradbury’s pair of free throws with 42.6 seconds to play sliced the Nowata lead to 46-44. After four unanswered Ironman points, a Jereme McCollum trey with 10 seconds to go cut the margin to 50-47, but Tyler Brock converted a free throw with 9.1 to play to end the Warriors’ hopes.
McCollum led Adair with 15 points, and Greg Oxford added 13. Brad-bury supplied 11.
Adair will now travel to Skiatook High School Thursday for the first round of an area consolation bracket, where they will face Henryetta at 3 p.m.
Adair advanced to an area consolation final last season but fell short in overtime against Sperry.
Oxford cut the Ironman lead to 35-33 inside of five minutes, and after a Nowata free-throw, James Eastin’s putback cut the deficit to 36-35.
A pair of Boultinghouse treys and a Nate Moore free throw pushed the Ironman lead back to eight, but McCollum answered with a 3-pointer. Oxford’s lay-up with 1:24 to go reduced the gap to 43-40.
Brock poured in 16 points for the Ironmen, who are one win away from state.