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Durant Lions drop pair to Ardmore

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The Durant Lions posted one of their high water marks of the first semester with a statement win on the road at perennial powerhouse Ardmore.

Those same Tigers made the trek to Bryan County on Tuesday night to begin the second semester in a bad mood and revamped lineup and the end result was a 49-36 Ardmore triumph.

Durant’s girls provided little resistance to the second-ranked and unbeaten Lady Tigers in the opener, falling 56-18.

Next up is the East Central Classic at Ada on Thursday with the Lady Lions taking on seventh-rated Newcastle in the opening game at 10 a.m. The Lions meet host Ada in the 8:30 p.m. finale.

Girls

Annalee Jones scored the first points of the game but that proved to be about the lone bright spot for the Lady Lions as Ardmore responded with 16 straight to take command.

Jones added another bucket in the second stanza with Landri Sims contributing a basket and Demi Hood a trey off the bench as Durant trailed 31-9 at intermission.

The Ardmore lead then ballooned to 43-12 after the third frame as the Lady Lions managed only a third Jones field goal and one free throw by Karlie Westmoreland.

Leading the scoring for DHS was Jones with seven while Westmoreland chipped in four, Hood had three with Sims and Hannah Felton posting two apiece.

Boys

It was a relatively tight contest throughout the first three periods but the final quarter saw the visiting Tigers pull away for what proved to be just their second win of the year.

A strong first frame by Daniel Long staked the hosts to an 11-10 edge as the junior catalyst pumped in seven points while Zyarius Clark and Dominic Wynn both added a bucket.

Long poured in six more in the second quarter but the Lions only managed two other points as Ardmore pulled out to a 23-19 lead at the break.

An 8-7 advantage for DHS pulled the Lions to within 30-27 through three stanzas with contributions from Long, Wynn, Tyler Wilson and Bryson Lyday.

The Tigers awoke in the final frame however as sophomore Daylan Williams drilled a trio of three-pointers and scored 11 points by himself as Ardmore finished on a 19-9 flurry.

Long scored six more in the quarter for Durant but the hosts’ only other points came via a trey by Wynn.

For the contest, Long had a game-high 22 points but the rest of the roster only posted 14, topped by Wynn’s seven points. Clark had four, Wilson added two and Lyday scored one.

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