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One quarter after Duncan couldn’t be stopped, it couldn’t even get started.
A 16-0 run gave the Lady Demons a lead in the second quarter, but when Ardmore sicked its full-court press on Duncan, the Lady Demons had no answer, tossing up just four shots while committing 18 turnovers in the third quarter as the Lady Tigers pulled away for a 72-53 victory on Tuesday.
“They are quick, a lot quicker than anyone we have seen this year, and it kind of stunned us,” Duncan coach Aaron Minor said. “We will learn from this, though.”
Duncan’s second quarter run thrust it to a 22-15 lead, but by halftime, the Lady Tigers (2-1) had nudged ahead, 26-23.
Then came the third quarter and Ardmore’s press.
What started as difficulty getting the ball up the court, quickly turned to frustration and anxiety, and then to full blown panic as Ardmore made steal after steal, turning them into easy layups.
“It definitely snowballed on us, and I couldn’t call enough timeouts to stop it,” Minor said. “It just happened in bunches.”
With senior guard Jamie Carberry on the bench with four fouls and numerous guards out with injuries — including senior Sarah Ray, who suffered a torn ACL in the season opener and will be out at least six weeks — Duncan was ill-equipped to deal with the aggressive defense of Ardmore.
Up 51-26 with 45 seconds to go in the third quarter, the Lady Tigers finally called off their press.
Back in a half-court game, the Lady Demons finished strong, putting together a 19-4 run midway through the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
“I’m proud that the girls kept playing hard, even after we got down about 30,” Minor said. “I’m happy with the fight I’m seeing in these girls.”
Coming off a 39-point performance against Durant, Carberry again led Duncan (1-2), finishing with 27 points and 16 rebounds. Junior Rainy Sanford finished with 12 points.
Tee Taylor led Ardmore with a game-high 34 points.