The Lipan Indians appeared to be on their way to their sixth victory of the season Saturday.
Then they played the fourth quarter.
Childress ended the game with a 21-7 run en route to a 62-48 victory against Lipan in the Glen Rose Shootout.
“This was a pretty good matchup,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler. “We battled hard for three quarters and just ran out of gas.”
The Indians fell to 5-9. Their schedule has been loaded with teams from larger divisions, including this one against Childress, a large 2A school.
The whole point of the challenging schedule, Chandler said, is to get his team ready for district. In years past, the Indians have played in a district in which they were usually the overwhelming favorite.
Last season they and Graford battled for the league title, with the Indians coming out on top. This year’s major challenge will likely come from rival Huckabay, which is ranked 10th in the state in Class A Division II.
Lipan was ranked in the state’s top 10 before falling out of the rankings. But Chandler is much more concerned with having his team ready for district.
“It was a good effort (against Childress), and we’re continuing to get better before the start of district,” he said.
Lipan and Childress were neck-and-neck until Childress grabbed a couple of key rebounds and turned them into points in the fourth. It didn’t help that Lipan lost its shooting touch, Chandler said.
“We were in good position until the five minutes,” he said.
The Indians were hosting Hico last night. They are off until playing in the Teneha Tournament Dec. 27-29.
Glen Rose Shootout
Lipan 9 15 17 7 – 48
Childress 10 15 16 21 – 62
Lipan (5-9) scoring – Kyle Mercer 15, Blake Williams 9, Hunter Hightower 6, Joel Rice 5, Joey McFadden 5, Tanner Richardson 4, Colby Clinton 4.
3-pointers – Lipan 7, Childress 3.
Free throws – Lipan 9-12, Childress 7-8.