Continuing their tough predistrict schedule, the Lipan Indians dropped a 74-48 home contest to Throckmorton Friday.
Almost every team the Indians have played this season are in a larger classification. While Throckmorton, like Lipan, is in Class A Division II, they are ranked 21st in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
As a result of their challenging predistrict schedule, the Indians will bring an 8-12 record into their District 17-A opener at home against Gorman Friday.
Lipan, which regularly wins district championships, could receive a tussle for the league title this season from arch rival Huckabay. Also named the Indians, Huckabay is ranked sixth in the state in Class A Division II.
The Indians kept things somewhat close against Throckmorton for the first half, trailing just 30-20. The game got away in the second half.
Lipan hit just two of 20 shots from 3-point range and was 13-for-31 shooting 2-pointers. The Greyhounds, in a sharp contrast, were 34-for-49 (69 percent) from 2-point range while missing both of their 3-point attempts.
Tanner Richardson led Lipan with 13 points.
The Lipan defense forced 18 turnovers, but the Indians surrendered the ball 20 times.
Throckmorton 15 15 17 27 – 74
Lipan 11 9 15 13 – 48
Lipan (8-12) scoring – Tanner Richardson 13, Blake Williams 10, Joel Rice 10, Colby Clinton 5, Kyle Mercer 5, Brady Nelson 2, Joey McFadden 2, Jorge Hernandez 1.
3-pointers – Lipan: Rice 1, Clinton 1, team 2. Throckmorton: none.
Rebounds – Lipan: Richardson 6, Williams 5, team 22. Throckmorton: team 29.
Lipan assists – Clinton 4.
Lipan steals – Richardson 4.
Free throws – Lipan 16-20, Throckmorton 6-18.
2-point field goals – Lipan 13-31, Throckmorton 34-69.