On a night when the 2017 Ardmore Lady Tigers squad was honored for their state runner-up finish with a new commemorative banner, the present day Lady Tigers showed they have plenty of championship potential.

On a night when the 2017 Ardmore Lady Tigers squad was honored for their state runner-up finish with a new commemorative banner, the present day Lady Tigers showed they have plenty of championship potential.

The No. 4 Lady Tigers raced out to a 27-3 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in defeating the Ada Lady Cougars 62-29 Friday night at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium.

With the win, the Lady Tigers moved to 13-1 on the season, and are on a two-game winning streak following their first defeat of the season last week against No. 7 Anadarko.

“It was important to us to get back in our game following the speed bump at Anadarko,” Ardmore coach Debra Manley said. “Our girls got after it this week, and really wanted to take that next step in preparation for next week.”

For the second straight game, the Lady Tigers held an opponent below five points in the first quarter, something Manley said is something which sets the tone for her team.

“If we don’t start off like we did tonight, there’s a problem,” she said. “Our best offense is our defense. It’s just something we feed off of as a team.”

Things slowed down before halftime as the Lady Tigers scored just six points, compared to the Lady Cougars putting in seven, leading to a 33-10 halftime scoreline.

After the break, Ardmore got back in the offensive groove, scoring 21 points to take total control of the game, while limiting the Lady Cougars to their third straight single digit quarter with eight points.

Ada finished the game off with an 11-8 fourth quarter.

J’Sades Ainsworth led the Lady Tigers with 23 points, the majority of which came at the beginning of the third quarter.

Sierra Gordon added 12 points, with Amaya Gordon and Miyah McGee each scoring eight points apiece.

Reagan McCurley put in four points, with Makila Case scoring three points for Ardmore. 

The Lady Tigers are off until Thursday Jan. 18 when they will travel to Shawnee for their final tournament of the regular season.

Ardmore will then travel to Duncan on Jan. 23.