If there was any doubt about the mindset of the No. 2 Ardmore Tigers following two straight losses, they have quickly been put to rest.

If there was any doubt about the mindset of the No. 2 Ardmore Tigers following two straight losses, they have quickly been put to rest.

Friday night the Tigers got a measure of revenge against No. 18 Ada with a 71-40 victory at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium.

The win was not only the Tigers fourth in a row, improving them to 11-3 overall, but broke a streak of consecutive losses to the Cougars dating back to last season.

“We talked a lot before the game about getting off to a good start, and control the game,” Ardmore coach Mark Wilson said. “We knew they (Ada) had some weapons, and I thought we did a good job neutralizing them. There was a minor lapse in the third, but we poured it on in the fourth.”

“Defensively we were really good holding Ada to 16 points in the first half,” Wilson added. “It was just a solid performance by these kids tonight.”

Ardmore raced out to a 13-5 advantage early in the first, before taking a 17-7 lead into the second quarter.

Ada did manage to show signs of life  slightly before halftime, but the closest the Cougars could get was 26-13 at the 4:30 mark.

There was no panic for the Tigers however, as they took a 34-16 lead into halftime, fueled by a three-point shot at the buzzer by Quintarrius Cohee, who finished with 17 points on the night.

In the third quarter the Tigers strong defense continued to set the tone.

Ardmore held Ada to just nine points following the break, while scoring 18 to take a commanding 52-25 advantage into the fourth.

The fourth quarter also belonged to Ardmore, who outscored the Cougars 19-15.

“We’d have loved to have had the chance to play Carl Albert in Bartlesville last week,” Wilson said. “After the second loss in a row, we worked to straighten some things out and make some adjustments.”

“The kids had been pointing to this game for a long time,” Wilson added. “These seniors have remembered losing twice to Ada last season so they really wanted to win this game tonight.”

Berto Sanchez led Ardmore with 19 points. Other scorers for the Tigers included Jamal Clark with 12 points with Braeden Vance Scoring 10 points and Demarco Rucker with eight points. 

Ardmore will be back in action Thursday Jan. 18 at the Moore Tournament before traveling to Duncan on Jan. 23.

Following a game against Lawton MacArthur at home, the Tigers will get their rematch with Carl Albert at home on Jan. 30 to close out the month.

Games against McAlester, Ada and Lawton MacArthur will then follow afterwards.