ARDMORE - Durant basketballers hit the road to play its arch rival the Ardmore Tigers on Tuesday night. The last time these two schools met, the Lady Lions beat the Lady Tigers on buzzer-beater shot by Reaghan Jones and the boys let Ardmore steal a win.
Things didn’t go well for the Lions in the second go-around as Durant loss 71-55 and the Lady Lions fell 56-34 at the Tigers Den.
Durant put three player in double-digits, but turnovers haunted the Lions in the second half, which produce a multitude of fastbreak points for Ardmore.
Zac Cater led his team in scoring with a game high 18-points. Skye Lowe pitched in 15-points and Will Engle came alive and scored 13-points.
The first half looked like a war between these rivals, trading shot-for-shot throughout.
The first period saw a see-saw of scoring as niether team could stop the other’s offense. And after the dust settled, the Lions trailed 19-13.
The Lions roared back in the second period.
With buckets from James Donelean, Engle and Lowe…the Lions quickly tied the game at 21-all early in the period. With two minutes remaining, Lowe hit a 3-point bucket that gave Durant a 30-28 lead. Then Ardmore countered with back-to-back buckets and led 32-30. While time was running down, Lowe made a last second shot to tie the game at 32-all just before the half.
The second half became a turnover nightmare for Lions.
The game was still in the balance with scored notted at 38 apiece with 6:10 left in the third period. Then turnovers began to plague the Lions and Ardmore went on a 11-5 run to close out the period and grabbed a 50-43 lead.
Cater went to the charity strip three times in the fourth period and went 5-for-6 from the line. But more Durant turnovers caused the game to get away from Lions as they fell 71-55.
Durant will hit the home hardwood on Friday night as the host McAlester.
The Lady Lions had two players in double-digits against Ardmore. Makayla Patton had a team high 11-points and Reaghan Jones was close behind with 10-points.
Scoring was a struggle for the Lady Lions in the first period as they only scored three points. A bucket from Ciera Taylor and a free throw from Patton. Durant trailed 11-3.
The Lady Lions struggled against the full-court press by Ardmore. It took the Lady Lions out of their offensive rhythm.
The Lions put up some points on the scoreboard in the second period, but Ardmore kept Durant at bay and led 23-12 at the half.
Ardmore begun the third period with a 7-0 run, then the Lions got a bucket from Patton and two 3-point buckets from Jones. But the Durant trailed 39-22 headed into the final frame. Ardmore countered every bucket made by Durant in the fourth period and the Lady Tigers rolled to a 56-34 win.