Ada girls' head coach, Christie Jennings, who graduated from Byng High School, will coach against her alma mater for the first time in her 12-year career with the Lady Cougars. Local basketball fans will witness an Ada-Byng playoff doubleheader, with the girls' teams meeting after over a decade, and the boys' squads squaring off. Both games are "loser-leaves-the-playoffs" contests. The matchup was initially not preferred by both schools, but it's out of their control. Jennings emphasized the significance of survival and advancement, focusing on her team's game plan and performance rather than the rivalry. Byng head coach Luke Clark echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the need to focus on the game itself amidst the special matchup. The boys' head coaches also expressed anticipation for intense and competitive games.

By the Numbers
  • Ada girls won the last game against Byng in 2009 with a score of 56-38.
  • The last time the Ada and Byng girls met in a playoff game was in 1991, with Byng winning 39-33.
State of Play
  • Ada and Byng girls will meet in a Class 4A Regional Tournament consolation contest.
  • The boys' squads of Ada and Byng will also face off, with Ada ranked 9th and Byng 19th in Class 4A.
  • Both games are "loser-leaves-the-playoffs" contests.
Bottom Line

The long-awaited matchups between Ada and Byng in the Class 4A Regional Tournament bring an intense rivalry to the forefront, with coaches and players emphasizing the significance of focusing on the games rather than the historical significance of the matchup.