An old saying in sports is “Act like you’ve been there before.”

An old saying in sports is “Act like you’ve been there before.”

While the No. 5 Ardmore Lady Tigers haven’t had to deal with a district championship game in recent years, they looked more than comfortable Saturday night in their first appearance.

The Lady Tigers used a smothering offensive and defensive attack to overwhelm the McLoud Lady Redskins, leading to a 75-29 blowout at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium.

Ardmore will now move on to the winners bracket of the regional tournament, where the Lady Tigers will meet Tuttle Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Ardmore High School. 

“When you get to the playoffs, records don’t mean anything,” Ardmore coach Debra Manley said. “We knew that we had to come in here and take care of business. There’s a target on our back whether we like it or not, and we just have to take it one game at a time right now.” 

Ardmore opened the game on an 11-0 run to grab the early advantage, before McLoud got its first basket of the game at the 5:19 mark of the first quarter.

The Lady Redskins made things slightly interesting just a couple of minutes later as they closed to within five points at 12-7, but the threat was quickly extinguished by Ardmore, as the Lady Tigers finished the first quarter on a 4-0 run to lead 16-7.

In the second quarter it was all about defense for the Lady Tigers as they held the Lady Redskins to just eight points overall before halftime.

There were no issues on offense for the Lady Tigers either as they scored 23 points to roll into the locker room leading 39-15.

Following the break it was much of the same as Ardmore held McLoud to just eight points in the third quarter, while scoring 17 of its own.

To finish off the game, Ardmore scored 19 points in the fourth quarter while keeping McLoud to just six points.

“We knew McLoud had a big inside kid, and we told Reagan (McCurley) her number was going to get called tonight,” Manley said. “Maya (McGee) stepped up shooting the ball tonight for us as well. All of these girls played a part tonight, including the kids who came off the bench. I’m very pleased with our effort tonight.”

J’Sades Ainsworth led Ardmore (20-2) with 20 points on the night, followed by Sierra and Amaya Gordon each with 16 points. 

Maya McGee and Reagan McCurley each scored seven points, with Makila Case adding five points, and Tieronay Banks putting in four points in the game for Ardmore.