ARDMORE — The tale of the two Lady Lions teams will continue, for now.
One tale is of a Durant team which hustles for rebounds, blocks shots and passes to open shooters who hit from downtown. But the other tale is of a Lady Lions team which gives up on rebounding, allows opponents to run up streaks and steal the ball from them on four straight possessions.
“It’s the same exact thing (as previous games). It’s the tale of two halves again,” said Coach Chad Rumer after a 59-52 loss at Ardmore on Tuesday. “We scored 11 in the first half, then come out and score 41. I don’t think we ever give up, I never doubt their effort.
“But we turned the ball over 29 times, and we’ve got to fix that.”
The turnovers began early but the Lady Lion defense weathered the storm, trailing only 8-6 after a quarter. Rheagan Jones hit a three to tie the game at 11, then the Lady Tigers rattled off 11 points of their own to take a 22-11 lead into the locker room.
Morgan Steve came out shooting, knocking down a three and finding Sierra Wilhite to cut into the lead. Durant got as close as five points before coughing up the ball on four straight trips up the court. The Lady Lions managed to outscore Ardmore 19-14 and only trailed by six going into the final quarter.
Alexa Richards got some of the steals back, allowing teammates to reach the foul line for 4-of-5 shooting early on to get within four. But the Lady Tigers always had an answer.
Offensive fouls on Ardmore put the Lady Lions in the double bonus but trailing by seven halfway through the fourth. Steve went 4-of-6 from the stripe to get as close as 50-47.
Durant’s defense forced Ardmore turnovers but the Lady Tigers got to the glass often for second chance shots and free throws.
Steve led Durant (0-7) in scoring with 15; Jones added 10; Wilhite scored seven; Alexa Richards had five (all in the third quarter); Kenzi Clapp and Kylie Manning helped the late rally with four points each in the fourth; Shelbi Barrett added a three-point shot in the late minutes as well.
Patrice Bennett led Ardmore (4-3) with 20 and Tee Taylor had 16.