With a 10-day break, there was a little rust to shake off for both Ardmore teams who traveled to Durant for a doubleheader on Tuesday night.
It took both teams about a half to get things going, but the girls and the boys both did just that and came away with wins over the Lions.
The Lady Tigers (6-1) beat the Lady Lions, 50-32, to extend the winning streak to six and the Tigers (5-2) got back on the winning track, beating the Lions, 70-48.
Ardmore showed pressure defense early on, but went away from it late in the first quarter allowing Durant to get some momentum and the Lady Lions (1-5) led 12-9 after one.
Durant extended the lead to 20-12 midway through the second quarter. But a lane violation and an errant pass allowed turnovers that Ardmore turned into points and retook the pace of the game, trailing by only three at intermission.
Zoe’ Booker came alive in the third quarter to break open the game. She scored 12 of her game-high 14 points as the Lady Tigers blew up for an 18-1 run in the period and put it on cruise control after that.
Ciera Taylor had 14 points for Durant.
Marvin Johnson bookended the contest with big offensive outbursts.
He opened the game with 12 points, including two successful three-point plays, making the close range shot while being fouled and connecting on the subsequent free throw.
The Lions went up 15-12 five minutes into the opening quarter, but the Tigers went on a 10-0 run following that and never trailed again.
Durant (2-4) kept things close through three quarters on the strength of the offense of Taylor Cox, who put in a team-high 21 points.
But the aggressive play of the Tigers on defense finally wore down the Lions, as was evident by the 21-5 fourth quarter, when Ardmore pulled away.
Johnson scored nine more of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and had two dunks.
The Tigers were simply stronger going to the basket. Six times Ardmore players were fouled on a made shot driving to the basket and all six times the Tigers converted the “and one” free throw for the conventional three-point play. They had more three-point plays inside the arc (6) than outside the arc (3).
• Girls •
AHS 9 12 18 11 50
DHS 12 11 1 8 32
AHS – Zoe’ Booker 14, J’sades Ainsworth 12, Kevy Davis 9, Christin Russell 8, Faithlynn Piggee 5, Christa Pickens 2.
DHS – Ciera Taylor 14, Alexa Richards 10, MaKayla Patton 5, Breanna Evans 2, Valentina Roa 1.
• Boys •
AHS 22 11 16 21 70
DHS 18 10 15 5 48
AHS – Marvin Johnson 30, Anthony Willis 11, Triston Rogers 8, Tyric Cohee 6, Keyshawn Brown 5, Massimo Terzi 4, Jerrod Hall 3, Chantz White 3.
DHS – Taylor Cox 21, Alex Steve 10, Carson Campbell 4, Trey Cox 4, Trey Hunt 4, Truman Burrage 3, Cooper Webb 2.