SHAWNEE — Facing only their second ranked opponent from Class 5A this season Friday, the No. 2 Ardmore Lady Tigers knew they would be in for a tough game against No. 4 Coweta.

SHAWNEE — Facing only their second ranked opponent from Class 5A this season Friday, the No. 2 Ardmore Lady Tigers knew they would be in for a tough game against No. 4 Coweta.

However, like every other challenge that’s come their way this season, the Lady Tigers passed it with flying colors.

Ardmore rebounded from a sloppy first quarter to eventually overwhelm Coweta 61-48 in the semifinals of the Vision Bank Shawnee Invitational at the Shawnee Athletic Center, moving them to 16-0 on the season. 

“We got off to a slow start, but we came on late,” Ardmore coach Debra Manley said. “Coweta is a well coached team and has the perfect matchup for us. For us to get a win over a team like that is a big deal for us especially how good they are offensively.”

“Offensively we were out of our element, and defensively we were way out of our element,” Manley added. “I’m proud of the kids for hanging in there. We might only have eight girls, but they can all go hard as long as we need them to.” 

Coweta held the lead for the majority of the first quarter, before Ardmore managed to get a 14-13 lead with 1:45 left in the frame.

However, it was Coweta who eventually led 17-14 after one complete.

It took just under three minutes of the second quarter, but Ardmore was able to regain the lead at 22-19, before finishing the first half on a 9-2 run to hold a 31-21 advantage in the locker room.

In the third quarter, Ardmore led by as many as 17 points at 38-21, before Coweta began to chip away at the lead, eventually cutting it to 44-28 going to the fourth quarter.

Down the stretch, Ardmore was pushed, but Coweta never got any closer than eight points at 53-45 with 2:23 left in regulation.

Sierra and Amaya Gordon led Ardmore with 19 points apiece in the game, followed by Tieronay Banks with nine points, and Shakira Smith with eight points.