DUNCAN — Before the 2018-19 season began for the No. 7 Ardmore Lady Tigers, there were some that wondered how the squad would manage following the graduation of J’Sades Ainsworth.

DUNCAN — Before the 2018-19 season began for the No. 7 Ardmore Lady Tigers, there were some that wondered how the squad would manage following the graduation of J’Sades Ainsworth.

Ardmore’s girls gave an emphatic answer Tuesday night against the Duncan Lady Demons.

Four players scored in double figures as the Lady Tigers demolished Duncan by a score of 69-18 at the Duncan High School Gymnasium in their season opening contest.

Sierra Gordon led the way with 18 points, with Reagan McCurley adding 12, Shakira Smith scoring 11 and Tieronay Banks adding 10 in the blowout victory.

There was also the small matter of Amaya Gordon returning to the court for the first time in 14 weeks, as she scored eight points in her first action of the season.

“I thought we played really well together,” Ardmore coach Debra Manley said. “You always like to see that in the first game. Our defense looked good, and our shooting is going to come around. To have four players in double figures in the first game is something we can’t complain about.”

“To have Amaya (Gordon) back out there helps so much,” Manley added. “She did some big things out there. When she is on the court she gives this team so much more chemistry and helps us play that much better.”

In the first quarter it was as much about the Lady Tigers defense as it was the offense.

Duncan was held to just three points in the opening frame as Ardmore led 21-3.

A low-scoring second quarter saw both teams combine for just 16 points, but it was the Lady Tigers who held a 30-7 lead at the halftime break. 

“Tonight was just a blessing from working hard,” Sierra Gordon said about her 18-point performance. “We just know how each other operates on the court. It’s all about making the good passes, and knowing how to go with the flow out there when we play.”

The Lady Demons managed their best scoring quarter of the game in the third with eight points, but the Lady Tigers were in total control, increasing their advantage to 46-15 going to the fourth.

Ardmore held Duncan to just three points in the fourth quarter, while adding 23 of its own.

“Tonight isn’t going to be our only win of the season,” McCurley said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but it feels good being able to get the first one out of the way. I’m trying to set an example as a sophomore and be a leader for the underclassmen. Getting Amaya back tonight felt great, and it’s a great feeling finally having us all back together out there.”

Ardmore will be in action Thursday afternoon at Carl Albert taking on Heritage Hall, before playing a second game at Carl Albert on Friday afternoon against the host Lady Titans.