While the Ardmore Lady Tigers have gotten used to winning regional titles in recent years, Saturday afternoon’s felt a little more special.

While the Ardmore Lady Tigers have gotten used to winning regional titles in recent years, Saturday afternoon’s felt a little more special.

Two players scored in double figures for the No. 1 Lady Tigers, as they advanced to the area championship game with a 53-27 victory over the Carl Albert Lady Titans at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium.

Next up for the Lady Tigers will be a showdown with No. 10 El Reno Thursday night for the right to go to the state tournament with a site and time to be determined.

Following the victory, the Lady Tigers had a ceremonial cutting of the net down, while head coach Debra Manley was given a water shower from her players.

“I told the kids that this was a big game for us,” Manley said. “We needed to make a statement today for us, not for anyone else. These kids played a great game, and we shot the ball a lot better which helps out a lot.”

Carl Albert tried to frustrate the Lady Tigers early on in the first quarter as the Lady Titans led 5-3 with 3:56 left in the frame.

But once Ardmore took a 7-5 lead later in the first, there was no turning back for the Lady Tigers.

Ardmore finished off the opening quarter with a 7-2 run to lead 14-7 going to the second.

The offense for the Lady Titans struggled in the second, as Ardmore clamped down on defense in a big way.

Carl Albert was held to just six points before halftime, as the Lady Tigers expanded their advantage to 30-13 going into the break. 

Things stayed consistent for the Lady Tigers in the third quarter, as they outscored Carl Albert 13-10, before holding the Lady Titans to just four points in the fourth.

Amaya Gordon led the way scoring with 19 points followed by Reagan McCurley with 13 points.

“Today felt great for me,” McCurley said. “This was a great game for us all around, but we still have a lot of unfinished business to attend to. The more physical the game got, the more I got motivated to work harder.”

For Gordon, the game was a culmination of what’s been a frustrating year after she was forced to miss the summer preparation and the first half of the preseason due to a leg injury.

“This was so satisfying for me today,” she said. “I was pretty sad watching my teammates get better during the summer and the preseason. Tonight it just happened for me, and I just went out there and played my game. We knew we had to take control early and not let them (Carl Albert) get any kind of footing in the game. We’re extremely focused right now and we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to win these next few games.” 

Tieronay Banks added seven points for Ardmore, with Miyah McGee scoring six and Sierra Gordon adding five points.

Shakira Smith also scored three points.