With their sights set on gold this season, the Ardmore boys and girls basketball teams opening their 2017-18 campaigns Tuesday night at the Tigers Den taking on the Duncan Demons and Lady Demons.

With their sights set on gold this season, the Ardmore boys and girls basketball teams opening their 2017-18 campaigns Tuesday night at the Tigers Den taking on the Duncan Demons and Lady Demons.

Both Ardmore squads managed to come away with victories on the evening. 

AHS will be back in action Thursday afternoon in Midwest City as part of the Carl Albert Festival taking on Heritage Hall with the Lady Tigers playing at 3:30 p.m. and the Tigers playing at 5 p.m. at Carl Albert High School.

Girls

Ardmore 51 Duncan 39

It might not have been a masterpiece, but the No. 5 Ardmore Lady Tigers won’t complain about the result.

Despite multiple rallies late on by the Lady Demons, Ardmore never relinquished the lead as the Lady Tigers earned an opening night victory, thanks in part to a pair of players in double figures.

After DHS took an initial 2-0 lead with a pair of free throws five seconds into the game, the Lady Tigers went on an 8-0 run to lead 8-2, and finished the first quarter leading 12-7.

With 5:18 left before halftime, it appeared the Lady Tigers were going to pull away with a 21-11 advantage.

However the Lady Demons closed to within six points, but it was Ardmore leading 28-19 at the break.

In the second half, things got a little too close for comfort for Class 4A’s No. 5 ranked squad.

Duncan managed to get to within three points at 28-25 with 5:04 left in the third, before Ardmore closed out the frame on an 8-2 run to take a 36-29 lead into the fourth quarter.

Duncan wasn’t quite through with its fighting spirit, as the Lady Demons got to within two points in the fourth quarter at 36-34.

Once again, it was the Lady Tigers showing early season grit as Ardmore went on a 15-4 run to end the game, extinguishing any hopes of a Duncan comeback.

Sierra Gordon led the Lady Tigers with 20 points, followed by Amaya Gordon with 13 points.

J’Sades Ainsworth finished with nine points, with Tieronay Banks scoring five points.

Boys 

Ardmore 86 Duncan 64

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

While the No. 4 Ardmore Tigers came through plenty of smoke during their pregame introductions, they had more than enough blazing offense for Duncan Tuesday night.

Eight players registered two or more points, as Ardmore crushed the Demons in their season opener.

Ardmore took the lead for good at the 4:03 mark of the first quarter at 7-6, before finishing off the frame on an 11-5 run to claim an 18-11 advantage after one.

Before halftime, the Tigers began to speed up the pace, leading by as many 15 with less than four minutes to go before the break.

Ardmore would extend its lead going into the locker room, leading 44-26.

Despite being outscored in the third quarter 19-17 by the Demons, Ardmore was in control leading 61-45.

The lead grew to more than 20 points multiple times in the fourth as the Tigers cruised to a victory in their first game of the season as a ranked 4A team.

Jamal Clark led the Tigers with 20 points, followed by Berto Sanchez with 16 points.

Braeden Vance added 15 points, with Demarco Rucker scoring nine points.

Quintarrus Cohee put in eight points with Myles Barnett adding seven points.