During her time as head coach of the Ardmore Lady Tigers, Debra Manley has been able to accomplish some great things for the program.

During her time as head coach of the Ardmore Lady Tigers, Debra Manley has been able to accomplish some great things for the program.

Monday afternoon, she and her team were able to cross one more thing off.

For the first time under the guidance of coach Manley, the Ardmore Lady Tigers earned a No. 1 ranking in Class 5A atop the coaches poll, which was released by the OSSAA.

Ardmore received 14 first place votes, with Piedmont sharing the No. 1 ranking with 12 first place votes.

The Lady Tigers are currently 16-1 on the season while Piedmont is 14-2.

While a No. 1 ranking in late January isn’t the end goal for the Lady Tigers, coach Manley couldn’t help but be a little excited for her girls at hearing the news.

“I’m so happy for our kids and our program as a whole,” she said. “Our kids are finally getting recognized for all their hard work and are finally getting respect from these other coaches. We’re finally starting to be considered a competitive team.” 

It was also an exciting day for the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs, who cracked the top-five of the Class 3A girls poll for the first time this season at No. 5 with an overall record of 17-1.

The Plainview Lady Indians dropped one spot but stayed ranked at No. 17 in Class 4A with an overall record of 13-4.

On the boys side, there was also plenty to cheer about.

The Plainview Indians cracked the top-20 of Class 4A for the first time this season at No. 19 after upsetting three ranked opponents over the weekend at the Heart of Oklahoma tournament in Purcell.

Meanwhile in Class 3A, despite winning the Tishomingo Tournament, the Marietta Indians stayed put at No. 13 overall, which is where they were ranked last week. 

Kingston stayed at No. 1 in the boys ranks of Class 3A, while the Lady Redskins also stayed ranked in Class 3A at No. 4 this week.