The Lipan Indians and postseason basketball go together like eggs and bacon, cable TV and ESPN.
In fact, one has to go back more than four U.S. presidents and in excess of two-plus decades to find the last time the Indians hung up their uniforms following regular season competition.
But following Friday’s 81-51 loss at Huckabay, the Indians are in danger of that very thing.
Lipan fell to 10-15 overall and 2-3 in District 17-A.
But panic buttons don’t exist in Lipan, as proven last season by their heroic rally to beat Throckmorton in the regional quarterfinals and earn an 11th consecutive berth at the regional tournament.
The Indians have three of their final regular-season games at home, starting with Gorman last night. Gorman is one of the teams to beat them in district this season, along with Lingleville and Huckabay, which is ranked fourth in the state in Class A Division II by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
The Indians host Strawn, travel to Gordon and Lingleville, and host Huckabay.
Against Huckabay (21-4, 5-0), Lipan struggled with 27 turnovers, more than twice as many as they forced (12).
Huckabay shot a blistering 57 percent (28-for-49) from 2-point range despite struggling from 3-point range (4-for-24). Lipan had trouble hitting from either range, going 16-for-37 on 2s (43 percent) and 2-for-7 on 3 (29 percent), along with 13-for-26 at the free throw line.
Lipan 11 12 9 19 – 51
Huckabay 22 24 20 15 – 81
Lipan (10-15, 2-3 in 17-A) scoring – Joel Rice 12, Tanner Richardson 11, Blake Williams 10, Trevor Hedeman 8, Kyle Mercer 3, Joey McFadden 3, Hunter Hightower 2, Jorge Hernandez 2.
3-pointers – Lipan 2-7 (Williams 1, McFadden 1), Huckabay 4-24.
Rebounds – Lipan 30 (Hedeman 8, Mercer 7), Huckabay 27.