While the second day of the 59th annual MT Rice Tournament didn’t get off to the best of starts for the No. 4 Ardmore Lady Tigers, they certainly ended their time in the Lone Star State the best way possible.
While the second day of the 59th annual MT Rice Tournament didn’t get off to the best of starts for the No. 4 Ardmore Lady Tigers, they certainly ended their time in the Lone Star State the best way possible. Ardmore finished the tournament on Saturday morning by winning the consolation championship against Class 6A Austin Bowie, after going 1-1 on Friday in a pair of games at Lorena High School and Waco Middle School. The Lady Tigers (8-2) will now enjoy a break from competition as they will be back in action after the new year on Jan. 9 as part of the East Central Classic tournament at Ada High School. Temple (TX) 40 Ardmore 25 Day two of the tournament began at Lorena High School for the Lady Tigers, and it was against the Temple High School Tem-Cats. Ardmore found the going tough against the 6A squad as Temple’s Wilashia Burleson scored 21 points to lead all scorers, leading to only Ardmore’s second defeat of the season. At the end of the first quarter it was Temple leading 13-7, before the Tem-Cats took a narrow 20-16 lead into the halftime break. However, it was the third quarter which proved to be the difference as Temple outscored Ardmore 11-3 to take a 31-19 advantage into the fourth. Ardmore was outscored 9-6 in the last eight minutes. Regan McCurley led the Lady Tigers with 11 points in the game followed by Tiona Cohee with seven points, with Amaya Gordon scoring four points. Ardmore 61 Waco Midway JV 34 There was no losing streak in the cards for the Lady Tigers as they rebounded on Friday with a convincing victory over the Waco Midway junior varsity Pantherettes. Ardmore raced out to a strong first quarter with a 19-7 run, before taking a 41-13 lead into the break after scoring 22 points in the second quarter. The Lady Tigers were outscored 12-10 in the third, but finished the game on a 10-8 run. Regan McCurley led the Lady Tigers with 20 points in the game followed by Chloe Rucker with 13 points. Ardmore 47 Austin Bowie 42 In the consolation championship of the Silver Bracket on Saturday, the Lady Tigers managed to bring home some hardware against the Lady Bulldogs from James Bowie High School out of Austin. Despite a first quarter deficit, Ardmore bounced back and brought home the title after a narrow five point victory. Bowie led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter, before the Lady Tigers came back strong to end the first half on a 16-9 run to lead 22-17 going into the break. The Lady Tigers defense stepped up in the third quarter as they held the Lady Bulldogs to just four points while scoring 11 of their own. Bowie managed to outscore Ardmore 20-14 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to claim the victory. Amaya Gordon led the Lady Tigers with 14 points followed by Khalayah Willis with 11 points, while Regan McCurley scored 10 points. Tiona Cohee put in nine points.