Entering the season as a ranked team can often come with its own set of challenges.

Entering the season as a ranked team can often come with its own set of challenges.   The No. 7 Ardmore Lady Tigers certainly got an unexpected one Tuesday night against the Duncan Lady Demons.   Despite posting two players in double figures, the Lady Tigers got all they could handle and more from the Lady Demons, but were eventually able to pull out a 46-36 victory at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium on opening night.   “We had moments where we looked like we had great chemistry already,” Ardmore coach Debra Manley said. “There’s a lot of things we need to work on though. Our seniors stepped up and gave us some great leadership on the floor. Our young kids got some valuable minutes tonight, and we’re going to need them to step up this season.”   “Our energy was a little low in the first half and we had to make some adjustments,” Manley added. “We managed to pull away a little, but then we had some turnovers. That’s going to happen with such a young team. We’ve just got to keep working and things will come around eventually.”   Ardmore managed to hold a slim 12-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, before seeing what appeared to be a comfortable advantage nearly disappear before halftime, as the Lady Tigers led 24-21 going into the break.   At the 7:18 mark of the third, the Lady Tigers appeared to be pulling away with a 28-21 lead, but soon found themselves leading by just three points at 28-25 with five minutes to go in the third.   Ardmore managed to build itself a sustainable lead to close out the third as the Lady Tigers led 40-27, before being outscored 9-6 in the fourth quarter.   Amaya Gordon led the Lady Tigers with 14 points in the game followed by Miyah McGee with 12 points. Tina Cohee added eight points with Shakira Smith scoring seven points.   Ardmore’s girls are back in action on Thursday on the opening day of the Carl Albert Festival in Midwest City.