Indians miss playoffs, first time since ‘90

In a most unfamiliar scene, the Lipan Indians are packing up their following the final game of the regular season.

That hasn’t happened since George Bush – the first one – was president of the United States.

Not since 1990, to be exact.

Lingleville ended Lipan’s postseason hopes with a 49-40 victory at home Friday. The loss left the Indians (12-17 overall) with a 4-5 record in District 17-A. Lingleville clinched a postseason berth.

Kyle Mercer posted a double-double for Lipan with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

“I was very proud of the effort the kids put forth this week in practice and in the game against Lingleville,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler. “There was absolutely no give-up or quit in the boys, even when things did not look good for us. We kept our heads in the game and battled back.”

Lipan got within 42-40 with a minute and half left, but Lingleville closed with a 7-0 run.

“This was one of those nights where great effort was not rewarded by the outcome of the game,” said Chandler.

Lipan 10 5 13 12 – 40

Lingleville 10 13 11 15 – 49

Lipan (12-17, 4-5 in 17-A) scoring – Kyle Mercer 12, Blake Williams 9, Hunter Hightower 6, Colby Clinton 5, Tanner Richardson 5, Joel Rice 3.

3-pointers – Lipan 4-19 (Mercer 2, Highower 2), Lingleville 4-18.

Rebounds – Lipan 42 (Richardson 13, Merer 12), Lingleville 30.

Free throws – Lipan 12-22, Lingleville 9-15.