Ardmore girls back over .500 with win over Durant

Playing at home for the first time all season, the jitters showed early for Ardmore.

The Tigers shook off a low-scoring first quarter, however, to take control against Durant, outscoring the Lions 14-5 in the second quarter en route to a 59-52 victory on Tuesday.

After Durant tied the game at 11-all in the second, Ardmore (4-3) scored the final 11 points of the half to pull away for good.

Durant (0-7) fought to close the gap in the second half, starting on a 6-0 run in the third quarter, but Ardmore was able to combine swarming defense with points on the break to keep the Lions at bay.

Patrice Bennett led Ardmore with 20 points, including 10-of-12 from the line to lift the Tigers on an off night from leading scorer Mychshyea Taylor.

Taylor's shot wasn't falling early, but the sophomore shooter stuck with it to finish with 16 points.

The game went back and forth for an ugly quarter and a half before Ardmore asserted itself. Virtually every Ardmore player had a hand in the Tigers climbing back over .500 for the season.

With the game tied at 11-all, Cheyenne Eades came off the bench to hit a jumper to give Ardmore the lead, igniting an 11-0 run in the second.

Bennett, dangerous on inbounds passes all night, found Kyla Stapleton underneath the basket for the 15-11 lead. Destinee Howell added a bucket on the next possession and Taylor came off the bench with a head of steam, driving to the hoop for the 19-11 lead.

Bennett, who finished with six steals, capped off the run with a steal and dish to Rickkia Manuel on the break for the 22-11 lead, which would stand at halftime.

Stapleton led Ardmore with seven rebounds, and Christin Russell added six of her eight points in a key stretch in the third quarter to hold off the Lions.

After Durant had narrowed the score to 24-19 to open the quarter, Russell scored six straight in the third to push Ardmore's lead back to double digits.

The fourth quarter was finished at the free-throw line, as Ardmore scored its final nine points from the stripe. Durant scored 11 of its final 13 on free throws.

Morgan Steve led Durant with 15 points.