OKLAHOMA CITY, OK —
Adair head coach Scott Winfield is no stranger to the state basketball tournament.
Unfortunately for the Lady Warrior head coach, he is also no stranger to the sting of defeat.
Adair appeared in its ninth-straight state tournament but left without a gold ball for the fifth-straight season, succumbing to Alva 49-40 in the 3A girls title game at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City Saturday.
"It's a disgusting feeling," Winfield said. "You replay the game forever in your head. What if we'd have done this, what if we'd have done that. The effort was there."
Adair (28-2) tied Alva at 29 heading to the fourth quarter, but the Lady Goldbugs and sophomore guard Jaden Hobbs went on a 16-2 run to open the quarter and deny the Lady Warriors their fourth gold ball and first since 2009.
"They made a run and we didn't," Winfield said. "That's the bottom line. We didn't get enough stops, and we didn't score to keep up."
After falling behind 45-31 inside of two minutes, Adair took a final stab at a comeback but fell just short.
A Molly Kerr and-one stopped the bleeding, and a Keni Jo Lippe trey followed by a Kylie Looney conventional three-point play cut the Lady Bug lead to 45-40 with 46.4 seconds to go.
But Hobbs wasn't done, scoring the last of her 32 points down the stretch to snuff out the Lady Warriors and claim the title.
"She gives you a lot of mismatch problems," Winfield said of Hobbs, who smashed the 5-on-5 girls tournament scoring record with 107 points in three games. "Tremendous player. Anything we did, they had an answer for us."
Looney, a junior, led Adair with 15 points and Lippe, a freshman, added 14, but Winfield will lose six seniors — including three starters — next season.
"Tremendous class," Winfield said. "I went in there after the game and said 'I wouldn't trade you guys for nobody. I wouldn't pick anybody out of this tournament and trade you, and I mean that. You're my kind of kids. You come in and work hard and get after it.' It's going to be a big hit for us."
Starters Kerr, Rendi Rogers and Bailey Stephens and reserves Jenny Fleming, Madi Wengerd and Mackenzie Pippin each laced up for the last time Saturday.
Stephens scored five points and grabbed five rebounds, while Kerr had four points and 11 boards. Kerr averaged seven points and 11 rebounds for the tournament.
Adair held Alva (28-2) to 36 percent shooting and only turned the ball over five times, but the Lady Warriors shot just 23 percent (13 of 56) for the contest, including 3-for-19 from long range. Looney had two of the three makes from deep.
Hobbs was 9 of 19 from the field and 12-for-14 free-throw line.