Sometimes there really is nowhere to go but up.

Sometimes there really is nowhere to go but up.

The Ardmore Tigers basketball team is hoping to do that this upcoming season, following one of their toughest seasons in program history in 2018-19.

Just a year after going to the Class 4A area tournament and being within one game of the state tournament finishing 19-7, the Tigers fell considerably down in the win column this past season with just three wins, and a first round playoff exit in the regional tournament to Ada Cougars.

To add more salt in the wound, it was the second year in a row the Cougars had eliminated the Tigers in the playoffs. 

“We’re still really young, and we have just two seniors coming back,” Ardmore coach Mark Wilson said. 

“The main thing for us is we have to play every possession hard and not take a possession off. Obviously we don’t practice during the summer, so it’s just a process right now for us to get better and work on as much as we can during this period.”

“The real process though won’t start until school starts,” Wilson added. 

“We hope the kids have learned from last year and want to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We’ve had a couple of guys missing as well this summer through baseball and other activities. We’re going to add a lot of kids to this team. Overall, we should be better than we were last year.”

One of the returning players this season for the Tigers will be Elijah Franks who averaged 9.3 points per game last season along with 4.8 rebounds during his sophomore year.

Ardmore will have to make up for the loss of multiple seniors including Mylic Ritchie who averaged 8.7 points per game last season along with 7.8 rebounds per game. 

Other returning players for the Tigers will include EJ Cohee, Jalen Cohee, Chadre’ McGee, Jaamare Williams and many other players.

Ardmore will be looking to make it back to the Class 5A area tournament for the first time since 2017, when the Tigers were eliminated at Edmond North against Lawton Eisenhower. 

The Tigers also made it to the Class 5A area tournament during the 2016 season.