With inexperienced but explosive freshman Keni Jo Lippe hampered by lingering sickness, junior guard Kylie Looney took it upon herself to shoulder a bigger load of the offense for Adair in its quarterfinal game against Hugo Thursday.
Turns out Adair didn't need much offense.
The Lady Warriors held Hugo to 11 second-half points -- including a seven-minute scoreless stretch -- and ran away with a 45-28 victory in a Class 3A quarterfinal at the Sawyer Center on the campus of Southern Nazarene University.
"We started out slow, so something had to get us going," Looney said. "I tried to be that spark. She was nervous, and she's been sick since area (March 7 at Skiatook)."
Lippe scored just two points in the first half and picked up two quick fouls, forcing the rest of the team to carry the load. Hugo answered a 13-5 Adair run in the first half to close to within 3 (20-17) at halftime.
Adair (27-1) came out firing in the second half, led by a rejuvenated Lippe (11 points, eight rebounds) and some powerful post work from a pair of seniors.
Molly Kerr came within two points of a double-double without hitting a shot from the field. She knocked down eight of her 10 free-throw attempts and snared a game-high 13 rebounds. Teammate Jenny Fleming patrolled the paint to the tune of six rebounds and three blocks off the bench.
Kerr grabbed five of her rebounds in the fourth quarter, when the Adair starters held the Lady Buffaloes scoreless until the 1:46 mark, when head coach Scott Winfield emptied his bench.
"She works hard down there," Looney said of Kerr. "The next few teams we face, we'll really need her to play like she did tonight."
Adair will face No. 9 Heritage Hall Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a berth in the state title on the line.