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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.