To say Ardmore’s maiden voyage in a district championship game Saturday night went smoothly would be a complete understatement.

To say Ardmore’s maiden voyage in a district championship game Saturday night went smoothly would be a complete understatement.

It couldn’t have gone better.

The No. 2 Tigers made short work of the McLoud Redskins, as they moved into the regional winners bracket phase with a comfortable 63-28 victory at Ardmore High School.

“I thought the first half we played really well on the defensive end,” Ardmore coach Mark Wilson said. “McLoud didn’t get a shot off that wasn’t contested and I was very proud of that. A big emphasis we tried to preach before the game was to make sure we could pressure without fouling, and we did that.”

“Overall, as a team we did really well defensively,” Wilson added. “Demarco (Rucker) and Myles (Barnett) played really great on holding their leading scorer in check tonight. We were able to get a lot of guys in and it was just good for everyone tonight.”

Ardmore hit the pedal to the medal from the start, jumping out to a 19-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

McLoud managed to reach double digits in its point total in the second quarter, but by then the Tigers were well out in front with a 32-11 advantage with 1:32 left before halftime.

Going into the locker room, it was all Tigers as they led 32-13.

In the third quarter, Ardmore cranked up its defensive intensity as the Tigers held the Redskins to just four points in the frame, while extending its advantage to 30 points at 47-17.

Ardmore managed to outscore the Redskins 16-11 in the fourth quarter to end the game.

Quintarrius Cohee led the Tigers with 11 points, followed by Daylon Williams with 10 points.

Shrodric McGee added eight points, with Berto Sanchez, Braeden Vance, Jamal Clark, and Demarco Rucker all scoring six points. 

Ardmore (17-5) will take on Tuttle Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the regional tournament at Ardmore High School.