SKIATOOK, OK —
The Adair girls fell behind Spiro 4-2 early in the first quarter Friday — their first deficit of the postseason — and doubt started to creep its way onto the court at the Skiatook Multipurpose Activities Center.
Had the top-ranked Lady Warriors started to crack? Was Spiro up to the challenge?
Not even a little bit.
Keni Jo Lippe and Kylie Looney quickly quashed those doubts, combining for 48 points in the Lady Warriors' 74-43 romp over No. 11 Spiro in a Class 3A Area tournament championship to help Adair punch a ticket to another state tournament.
Lippe, a freshman, notched a 26-point, 11-rebound double-double and Looney added 22 points and seven caroms as the Lady Warriors (26-1) cruised to their fourth straight win by at least 31 points.
In four postseason games, Adair has an average margin of victory of 40.5 points.
Lippe was particularly impressive, consistently finishing around the rim to score 19 points in the first half and set the tone for the blowout.
"It's a blessing to be here right now, and that's what kept me going. Knowing that the next step was state," Lippe said. "We all wanted to get there so bad, we all want to be there. That was what was going through my mind. 'We've got to make it to state.' So I just went out there and played my game."
While Lippe will play in her first state tournament for the high school, Looney, a junior, and her senior teammates have been there before but have yet to come away with rings.
"We've lost both times we've been there, so it's definitely been hard," Looney said. "But we'll just go down there and have fun. At the end of the day, it's just a game."
Senior reserve Jenny Fleming chipped in nine points and six rebounds, while senior starter Bailey Stephens scored five points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Molly Kerr (five points), Madi Wengerd (four) and Rendi Rogers (three) round out a group of senior rotation players making their last trip to Oklahoma City to chase a gold ball.
"They're my favorite group," Looney said of the team's elders. "We're all super close."