There haven’t been many times this season in which the Ardmore Lady Tigers have faced a deficit.

There haven’t been many times this season in which the Ardmore Lady Tigers have faced a deficit.

But when faced with the adverse situation Saturday night, the No. 3 Lady Tigers rose to the occasion against the No. 7 Lawton Eisenhower Lady Eagles. 

Ardmore battled back from a seven point third quarter deficit to ultimately win 58-46 in the championship game of the Chickasaw Nation Ardmore Holiday Classic at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium. 

The win keeps Ardmore undefeated at 9-0 and gives them their second victory this season over a Class 5A ranked opponent. 

The win keeps Ardmore undefeated at 9-0 and gives them their second victory this season over a Class 5A ranked opponent. 

“We know that sometimes we will get down, but we have to get right back up,” Ardmore coach Debra Manley said. “Reagan (McCurley) and Shakira (Smith) both had big games for us tonight and stepped up. Everyone did their job tonight, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

“I have to really thank our crowd tonight,” Manley added. “They were tremendous and created a great atmosphere for us. This game was a great experience for us in a lot of ways.” 

In a tightly contested first quarter, both teams were even at 8-8.

However, it was the Lady Tigers who finished the first frame strong with a 9-2 run to lead 17-10 going into the second.

The Lady Eagles though came back with a flurry in the second, even taking the lead at 27-26 with 1:39 left in the first half.

Not much was separating the teams at the break as it was even at 31-31.

Lawton Ike made its move in a big way in the third quarter as the Lady Eagles grabbed the lead at 36-33 and led by as many as seven at 41-34 with 5:07 left in the quarter.

Slowly but surely though the Lady Tigers made their way back into the game, closing the deficit to one point at 41-40 going to the fourth.

Despite their best efforts, the Lady Eagles biggest lead in the fourth was four points at 44-40, but was quickly overpowered by Ardmore.

Once the Lady Tigers took a 46-44 lead at the 5:35 mark of the fourth, the rest was history.

A technical foul on the Lady Eagles finished off the game late on, as Ardmore claimed the Holiday Classic championship for the second straight season.

Sierra Gordon hit six three-point shots in the game leading to a 20-point performance.

Maya McGee finished with 12 points in the contest, with Amaya Gordon scoring eight points, and Shakira Smith adding seven points.

Gordon was named as the tournament MVP, with McGee and Tieronay banks making the All-Tournament team for Ardmore.