Indians get first 17-A win

Calling it his team’s most complete game of the season, Lipan coach Cody Chandler praised the Indians’ 77-61 win at Strawn Tuesday.

Five players scored in double figures for the Indians, who improved to 9-13 overall and 1-1 in District 17-A.

Tanner Richardson led with 18 points, followed by Kyle Mercer with 14, Joey McFadden with 13, Trevor Hedeman with 11, and Blake Williams with 10.

“This is probably the most complete game we’ve played all year,” said Chandler. “It was a complete team win.

“I’m very proud of the kids. Not only did we have five in double figures, we got contributions from everybody.”

Eight Indians scored in all.

Lipan was also on fire from outside. The Indians hit eight shots from 3-point range, including three each by Hedeman and McFadden, and a pair from Mercer.

Strawn managed just one 3-point basket.

The Greyounds had a decided advantage at the free throw line, however. Strawn went to the line 30 times and made 18.

Lipan, on the other hand, hit just one of its five attempts.

“Strawn has improved over the team we’ve seen the last few years,” said Chandler.

Still, the Indians outscored the Greyhounds in every quarter, including 20-8 in the first to take control of the game.

Lipan was hosting Gordon last night and hosts Lingleville, which started district 2-0, Tuesday.

“I think this win puts us in good shape to make a run and get back in the playoffs,” Chandler said.

Lipan 20 19 12 26 – 77

Strawn 8 13 19 21 – 61

Lipan (9-13, 1-1 in 17-A) scoring – Tanner Richardson 18, Kyle Mercer 14, Joey McFadden 13, Trevor Hedeman 11, Blake Williams 10, Colby Clinton 6, Brady Nelson 4, Jorge Hernandez 1.

3-pointers – Lipan 8 (McFadden 3, Hedeman 3, Mercer 2), Strawn 1.

Free throws – Lipan 1-5, Strawn 18-30.