After not playing for more than a week, most would have assumed the No. 5 Ardmore Lady Tigers would have had some rust Thursday night.

After not playing for more than a week, most would have assumed the No. 5 Ardmore Lady Tigers would have had some rust Thursday night.   But the No. 10 McAlester Lady Buffs would probably argue otherwise after their encounter.   Ardmore used a strong defensive effort to shut down McAlester in the first quarter and never looked back as the Lady Tigers improved to 5-0 on the season with a 47-26 victory at the Ardmore High School Gymnasium.   “Reagan (McCurley) had a great game out there tonight,” Ardmore coach Debra Manley said. “All of our kids really got after it, and I liked the intensity we had. I was afraid we would be out of sync, but our defense set the tone out there. A lot of kids got out on the floor and saw playing time tonight. This was a total team effort.”   “Going a long period without a game is going to happen to us again this season,” Manley added. “McAlester is a scrappy team and is better than this performance indicated. It was a big positive for us going forward that we came out and set the tone tonight like we did.”   Ardmore opened the game with nine points in the first quarter.   Now while that might be low by the standards of the Lady Tigers offensive potential, their defense is what stole the show in the opening frame by keeping McAlester off the board with zero points.   Going into the halftime break, the Lady Tigers led 24-2, after a 15-2 run in the second quarter.   Despite being outscored in the third quarter, the Lady Tigers rebounded with a 13-11 fourth quarter to seal the victory.   Regan McCurley led the way with 12 points in the game followed by Miyah McGee with 11 points.   Ardmore is back in action on Dec. 26 where they will travel to Waco, Texas to take part in the MT Rice Tournament at Midway High School.