David Reeder

There were a pair of wake up calls delivered in Colcord as Adair came calling for the start of basketball season Tuesday evening.

And the first call came when the Lady Hornets threw a scare into the number 2 rated Lady Warriors for the better part of three quarters.

Shooting 5 of 13 from the floor and a perfect 4 of 4 from the free throw line, as a team, the Lady Hornets tied the game twice and took the lead three times in the opening stanza.

Alena Sanders led the offensive charge with 7 points and was joined by 5 more from Emily Farris.

But it was the Colcord defense that shined in the early going. Endeavoring to keep Adairís dangerous shooter Chelsey Stricklen from attacking the inside, the Lady Hornets forced her to shoot from the perimeter. And thanks to the efforts of Shelley Swicegood and Farris, Stricklen took awhile to find her scoring stroke.

With the score knotted at 15 to start the second Sanders eventually buried a trey to give the home team a 3-point lead.

But a rash of second period turnovers, in tandem with a 1 of 8 effort from the floor, and 6 points each from Stricklen and Chelsea Root gave the visitors a 29-21 halftime edge.

Following the break, Stricklen put in 9 more of her game high 27 points, that was joined by a pair of three pointers by Liz Peters, stretching the Lady Warrior lead to 18.

The bulk of the 4th quarter was contested by the respective benches.

And for the remainder of the game, Colcord took control. With 8 unanswered points to start the final segment, a half dozen Lady Hornets joined forces to outscore their guests 14-8, accounting for a more respectable 56-44 finale.

Despite some ice cold shooting to start the subsequent game, the Colcord boys stayed close to their Warrior rivals for the first half.

But the next wakeup call came at the expense of the Hornets, who learned that it takes 4 quarters to put together a win.

Adairís Heath Peper put in half of his teamís first quarter 10 to jump to an early 7-2 lead.

But treys by Dakota Place and Caleb Backwater fueled the Hornets to stay within a bucket at the end of the opening 8 minutes.

Colcordís leading scorer Canaan Sherrell swiped the ball from the Warrior dribbler and outran the defense to the bucket and tied things at 10 each, to start the second quarter.

And while the Hornet defense held Adair to only 7 points in the second frame, their offense managed to scrape together only half dozen more of their own to trail 17-14 at the intermission.

Adair came out of the dressing room and missed their first 6 floor attempts, but were still able to score 10 more in the third.

Unfortunately, Colcord put the ball up 8 times, drawing a blank. And at the end of the pivotal third period, the Hornets had only a lone free throw to show for their efforts.

Trailing by a bakerís dozen, Colcord got 3 pointers from Cody Smith and Sage Keenom, along with deuces from Sherrell and Jacob McGaugh for ten fourth quarter points.

But 5 Warriors teamed up for 10 points of their own to trump the Hornet effort and take the 37-24 road victory.

Colcord hosts Westville on Friday night before traveling to Aftonís Coca-Cola Classic where they will tangle with Quapaw in Tuesdayís first round action.