By Cort Reynolds

Ada Herald writer

RAWSON - Visiting Ada rallied behind a 29-13 second half to win its girls

basketball season opener over non-league foe Cory-Rawson Tuesday night by a 49-35 count.

The Bulldogs trailed by a basket at intermission, but took a 35-31 lead

after a 15-9 third period. They then stymied the upset-minded Hornets 14-4

in the final stanza to win going away.

Versatile Ada senior guard Taylor Willeke led all players with 20 points.

Bulldog sophomores Alexis Amburgey and Tori Wyss combined to add 21

points. Wyss snared nine rebounds to go with ther 10 points, while

Amburgey netted 11 markers.

Cory was playing its third game of the season after losing twice in the

annual Bluffton Holiday tournament. Kendra Tuttle was the lone Hornet

player in double figures with 10 points.

The 0-3 Hornets made just two of their 21 three-point tries. Ada

out-rebounded C-R 25-22 and committed just eight turnovers to nine by the

hosts.

Freshman Rachael Wildman added five points in her varsity debut for the

victors. Both teams took 42 shots, with Ada knocking down 16 field goals

(38 percent) to just 10 (24 percent) by the cold-shooting Hornets. The

Bulldogs hit on 14 of 26 free throws (54 percent) as Wyss canned eight

charity stripers. C-R sank 13 of 19 (68 percent) from the foul line.