The Lipan Indians, once again facing a larger program, dropped their third game in four contests, 74-49 to visiting Poolville Tuesday night.
“We didn’t play a bad game, despite the score,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler. “But we had a two- or three-minute stretch with turnovers that led to easy layups.
“Once they got their offense going, it was hard to slow them down.”
Poolville (3-1) entered the state rankings this week at No. 23 in Class A Division I by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Lipan is 18th in Class A Division II.
Lipan’s previous two losses were on the road at Graford and Tolar. Graford is ranked 10th in Class A Division II and Tolar is a 2A squad off to a 2-0 start.
Tanner Richardson led Lipan (1-3) with 16 points.
The Indians hit five 3-pointers. Poolville countered with eight.
Lipan closed to within 37-29 early in the second half, but the Monarchs followed with an 8-1 run to.
“I think we’re headed in the right direction,” said Chandler. “We’ve had slow starts before and finished strong.
“We need to remember who we’re playing. We’re going up against some really good teams, and if it works out like past seasons, it will pay off later.”
Poolville 15 17 24 18 – 74
Lipan 15 9 14 11 – 49
Lipan (1-3) scoring – Tanner Richardson 16, Colby Clinton 10, Trevor Hedeman 7, Blake Williams 6, Kyle Mercer 3, Hunter Hightower 3, Joel Rice 2, Jorge Hernandez 2.
3-pointers – Clinton 2, Richardson 1, Mercer 1, Hightower 1.
Free throws – Lipan 6-9, Poolville 10-20.