OKLAHOMA CITY — In their continuing quest for tough competition, the Ardmore Lady Tigers traveled up the interstate this week to Oklahoma City University.

OKLAHOMA CITY — In their continuing quest for tough competition, the Ardmore Lady Tigers traveled up the interstate this week to Oklahoma City University.

During the course of Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Lady Tigers took on teams from both Texas and Oklahoma in physical contests inside the Henry J. Freede Center on the campus of Oklahoma City University.

The team camp was one of the last ones the Lady Tigers will participate in this summer, as they will finish up their summer schedule at Ada next week.

Head coach Debra Manley said she was pleased with the way the girls came out and worked, despite the grueling demands of playing multiple games in such a short amount of time. 

“It’s good to get away and not play the same teams over and over,” she said. “Plus we love coming back to this camp because it’s always highly competitive. These teams are ones we aren’t going to see during the season and it’s stiff competition for us.”

Among the teams the Lady Tigers went up against from Oklahoma were Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe, along with Caddo Mills.

Ardmore also took on the highly competitive Class 2A River Road Lady Wildcats from the Texas Panhandle as well as the Class 6A Tascosa Lady Rebels out of Amarillo.

“Size doesn’t matter against the teams we’ve been playing this summer,” sophomore Reagan McCurley said. “It was tough this weekend, and I know that we have a lot of things to work on. I do know though that we got better as a team because of this camp.”

“It’s different because I’m usually the bigger player on the post,” McCurley said. “I’m not used to playing against girls who are taller than me. This camp really showed me what I need to work on personally and what we as a team need to continue to improve on overall.”

Manley added the physical aspect of these games is only going to make her squad stronger.

“These type of contests make us aware of how mentally tough we’re going to need to be during the season,” she added. “When you add into the fact that we only had eight girls total this weekend, and we were playing back-to-back-back, then our legs were gone by the last game. But, this is only going to make us stronger and that’s what we like in the end.”