SULPHUR — Actions speak louder than words.

SULPHUR — Actions speak louder than words.

The message coming from the Ardmore Lady Tigers basketball team this week as they began summer workouts was loud and clear: Second best won’t cut it next season.

Ardmore opened its summer schedule at the Sulphur team camp, as both the varsity and junior varsity teams played three games a day for three straight days, with the Ardmore varsity playing twice on the final day of the camp.

Both teams managed to finish the three day grind undefeated at 8-0.

The results weren’t lost on AHS head coach Debra Manley, but she did admit the work is just starting for her returning players as well as her younger girls.

“Our kids played really well for only having two practices this summer,” she said. “The varsity girls shot the ball well during their games. We had a lot of younger girls who stepped right in there and got after it. Overall, the camp was really good for us and had a lot of competition to go with it.”

Among Ardmore’s opponents were Pauls Valley, Byng, Washington, Marlow, Dickson, Comanche, Bethel, and Lindsay.

Given the competition her team was up against, Coach Manley had nothing but praise for her girls following the first week of summer ball.

“Our defense was pretty good all week in my opinion,” she said. “Right now, we’re still working on getting our timing down in certain offenses. We also need to improve on communicating all the time on defense.”

“I was really pleased with how Sierra (Gordon) shot the three all during camp,” Manley added. “I moved Miyah McGee to the two spot to try her out there, and I was really pleased with how she did overall. Amaya Gordon did a great job in the post position defending some top players, most of which were taller than she was.”

“J’Sades (Ainsworth) shot the ball well and rebounded well all week. Tieronay Banks was the same way with shooting and rebounding. D’Ericka Peters and Makilla Case really improved this week and I think they are going to be big contributors to this squad this season.”

Ardmore will continue its summer schedule this week as the Lady Tigers travel to Oklahoma Christian University beginning on June 15 until June 17.