A constant theme this season with the Ardmore Lady Tigers basketball team has been that everyone plays a part.

A constant theme this season with the Ardmore Lady Tigers basketball team has been that everyone plays a part.

Friday night it was a freshman who didn’t just play a part, she played her heart out. 

With foul trouble plaguing the No. 5 Lady Tigers early, Reagan McCurley stepped in and played almost three full quarters of basketball as well as scoring 11 points off the bench.

“This was just a great opportunity for me to come out and help my team,” McCurley said about her performance. “The crowd was amazing tonight. I didn’t think I would be out there as long as I was but I just knew I needed to do what I needed to do to help us win.” 

The end result was a 44-33 victory over Tuttle in a regional semifinal winners bracket game, which sent Ardmore to the area tournament in Washington, as well as a date with No. 16 Blanchard Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the regional championship.

“We knew we were going to have to shake some rust off,” Ardmore coach Debra Manley said. “Tuttle came out strong in the first half, just like we knew they would. Our shots weren’t falling tonight, so I told the girls we needed to rebound better and tighten up our defense.” 

“This is just how the playoffs are,” Manley added. “Reagan (McCurley) gave us some big minutes tonight and didn’t look like a freshman. All of our kids buckled down tonight, and I’m very proud of them.”

With J’Sades Ainsworth getting two fouls in the first quarter, the Lady Tigers standout was forced to sit, piling on to an already tough opening frame which had Ardmore score only three points.

Tuttle took a 10-3 lead into the second, but less than three minutes into the quarter, Ardmore was back even at 10-10.

Ardmore took only its second lead of the game at the 4:02 mark before halftime at 11-10, and the rest as they say is history. 

Tuttle managed to get within one point at 13-12 with 1:46 left before the end of the half, but it was Ardmore closing out the second on an 8-2 run to lead 21-14 going into the locker room. 

There was little drama in the second half as Tuttle failed to cut the deficit at any point to less than 11 points.

Ardmore led 32-19 at the end of the third, before being outscored 14-12 in the fourth.

Amaya Gordon led Ardmore (21-2) with 12 points, with Sierra Gordon scoring 11 points. 

J’Sades Ainsworth finished with seven points, with Miyah McGee adding two points.