There's something the No. 3 Ardmore Lady Tigers love about playing teams from Texas this season.
There’s something the No. 3 Ardmore Lady Tigers love about playing teams from Texas this season.
Saturday night in the finals of the Ardmore Holiday Classic, the Lady Tigers feasted on yet another Lone Star treat, defeating the Godley Lady Cats 57-38 to claim the tournament title thanks to a better point differential than runner-up Lake Country Christian.
The victory also means the Lady Tigers are 3-0 this season against opposition from Texas.
More importantly, Ardmore’s overall record now stands at 9-0 for the season.
Ardmore’s victory in the finals was a far cry from their semifinal encounter with Denison, which resulted in a three-point win.
“I think our legs were a little dead today from sitting in the gym all day long,” Ardmore coach Debra Manley said. “Our young kids came off the bench tonight well. Shakira (Smith) gave us a spark tonight, J’Sades (Ainsworth) hit shots when we needed her to, and I thought Amaya (Gordon) had a great game tonight and really contributed.”
In the first quarter, it looked as though the Lady Tigers weren’t just going to win the tournament title, but do it in style.
After opening the game on a 7-0 run, the Lady Tigers allowed their first basket of the night at the 6:22 mark of the first quarter.
For the rest of the frame, it was all Lady Tigers as they went into the second quarter on a 9-0 run, leading 16-2.
Godly though came back in the second quarter with 18 points of its own, but still trailed Ardmore going into the locker room, 28-20.
Things got a little too close for comfort in the third quarter when Godley got to within five points at 32-27 with 1:16 remaining.
However, sparked by a solid defensive stand and clutch offensive baskets, the Lady Tigers turned the game around and managed to lead 39-27 going into the fourth quarter.
“It’s hard for the young kids to come in, and I just tell them I need good minutes from them,” Manley said. “We didn’t need Shakira (Smith) to score many points tonight, we just needed her to handle the ball and get us back up to speed. She did a great job tonight.”
“We had to make adjustments throughout the last two games against Denison and Godley,” Manley added. “It’s a different style of play we’re not used to seeing. This experience has been good for us.”
Ardmore finished the game off with an 18-11 fourth quarter run.
Tournament MVP J’Sades Ainsworth led the Lady Tigers with 22 points, followed by Amaya Gordon with 14 points.
Tieronay Banks added nine points, with Miyah McGee scoring six points. McGee was also named to the All-Tournament team.
Sierra Gordon and Ahlyra Anderson each put in three points.
Godly was led by Kaylee White with 12 points, followed by Madi Maxwell and Sierra Lenz-Ross each with nine points.
In other tournament action Saturday, Dension defeated Van by a score of 70-32, while Lake Country Christian defeated Douglass 67-53.
Ardmore will be back in action Thursday as the Lady Tigers take part in the Midfirst Warrior Classic hosted by Anadarko High School. Ardmore will take on Fort Cobb at 6 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the tournament.