Indians open 17-A play with setback on road

In the end, it was the start of the game that did in the Lipan Indians Friday night.

The Indians, known for their consistently solid district play over the years, dropped their 17-A opener 53-46.

Lipan (8-13 overall) fell behind 18-10 after the opening period. They then outscored their hosts over the next three quarters.

“The kids played extremely hard tonight. The first quarter really got us in a bind, and we spent the rest of the night trying to catch up,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler.

“We missed five free throws in the first quarter and had several turnovers that led to easy baskets.”

The Indians struggled from short-range all night. They managed to make just eight of 27 shots from 2-point range (30 percent).

They also had difficulty at the free throw line, going 12-for-24.

In contrast, they hit half of their 12 attempts from 3-point territory.

Neither team was overwhelming on the boards, with Lipan grabbing 21 rebounds and Gorman 22. They did, however, combine for 46 turnovers (25 Lipan, 21 Gorman) and 47 fouls (22 Lipan, 25 Gorman).

Boys basketball

Lipan 10 11 9 16 – 46

Gorman 18 11 8 16 – 53

Lipan (8-13, 0-1 in 17-A) scoring – Kyle Mercer 11, Blake Williams 9, Colby Clinton 7, Trevor Hedeman 6, Hunter Hightower 6, Joel Rice 4, Tanner Richardson 3.

3-pointers – Lipan 8-27 (Hightower 2, Mercer 1, Clinton 1, Hedeman 1, Rice 1), Gorman 2-6.

Rebounds – Lipan 21 (Mercer 8), Gorman 22.

Lipan assists – Clinton 4.

Lipan steals – Richardson 3.

Free throws – Lipan 12-24, Gorman 13-23.