While the No. 3 Ardmore Lady Tigers don’t have many home games this season, they certainly are taking advantage of the opportunities when they are given to them.

While the No. 3 Ardmore Lady Tigers don’t have many home games this season, they certainly are taking advantage of the opportunities when they are given to them.

Friday night was no exception, as the Lady Tigers survived a physical contest with the McAlester Lady Buffs, winning 52-25, to move to 5-0 on the season.

The victory was also the 15th in a row for the Lady Tigers at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium, dating back to 2016.

“It was a very physical game,” Ardmore coach Debra Manley said. “We’ve been working with the girls on getting tough, and especially displaying some mental toughness out there. I was proud of the kids though because it did get a little rough out there at times.”

“We had way too many turnovers tonight, but we overcame that,” Manley added. “There’s a lot of young kids out there so there’s going to be some growing pains. Our role players are getting back now for us and they are giving us some valuable minutes out there. We’ve got to take care of business at home, but at the same time we need to learn how to win on the road also.”

Ardmore opened the game with a 7-1 run, seemingly taking the Lady Buffs out of the game immediately.

McAlester managed just one point in the first quarter as the Lady Tigers held an 11-1 lead going into the second quarter.

Before the break, Ardmore flexed its defensive muscles as the Lady Tigers held McAlester to its second straight single digit scoring effort, leading to a commanding 24-5 advantage at halftime.

In the third, the Lady Buffs started to get some offense going, scoring nine points, but the Lady Tigers added 12 of their own to keep a comfortable advantage.

While the Lady Buffs had their best scoring quarter in the fourth with 11 points, it didn’t matter very much as Ardmore finished the game off with 16 points down the stretch.

The Lady Tigers were also boosted by solid shooting at the free throw line, finishing 14-of-18 from the charity stripe. 

Sierra Gordon led the Lady Tigers with 18 points in the game, followed by Tieronay Banks with 14 points. 

Reagan McCurley added seven points, with Ahlyra Anderson and Tiona Cohee each with four points.

Ardmore is back at home Thursday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. taking on the Byng Lady Pirates.