The Ardmore Tiger girls picked up their first victory of the season and moved to the winner’s side of the Ardmore Holiday Festival bracket with a 38-28 victory over the Putnam City West Patriots on Monday night.


The Ardmore Tiger girls picked up their first victory of the season and moved to the winner’s side of the Ardmore Holiday Festival bracket with a 38-28 victory over the Putnam City West Patriots on Monday night.

Ardmore (1-6) took an 8-5 lead to the second period, but the Patriots rallied briefly in the second to take an 11-9 lead. But the Tigers, on the strength of the outside shooting of junior TaGayla Lee, finished off the period on a 14-5 run and took a 23-16 lead to intermission. Lee led the Tigers with 14 points.

“It feels really good to get that first win,” Ardmore coach Matthew Madole said. “We played pretty solid on defense, and I thought we blocked out well underneath. Our shooting percentage wasn’t very good. And we will definitely need to shoot much better against McGuinness in our second-round game to stay with them.

Lee knocked down 2-of-4 from 3-point land, and those two buckets seemed to energize the Tigers. The first of Lee’s treys put Ardmore on top 12-11, and the second one pushed the Tiger lead to five at 17-12.

Madole noted the Tigers had hit their goal in this game of keeping their opponents below the 40-point barrier.

“We believe if we can play defense well enough to hold the other team to that range, we have a chance to be victorious,” Madole said. “We need to take better care of the basketball, and we need to hit our open shots from the floor better. Now that we have that first win, we need to continue to improve on what we’re doing and gradually get better with each outing.”

Turnovers were a problem for the Tigers, especially in the second half. Ardmore committed 17 second-half miscues and finished the game with 28 to 25 for the Patriots.
Ardmore had a strong third period in which it outscored Putnam City West 10-4 to pull away to a 33-20 lead heading to the fourth.

From the floor, both teams struggled. Ardmore was 14 of 44 (32 percent) to just 8-of-38 (22 percent) for Putnam City West. With their height advantage, the Tigers owned a 37-27 overall rebounding advantage and an 11-10 edge on the offensive glass.

Marquitta Oliver finished with seven points for the Tigers, and Jordane Grant had six points and seven rebounds.

Kim McVea had a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Patriots.

Ardmore takes on Bishop McGuinness tonight at 7.