Indians score early and often in blowout

Distractions? What distractions?

While the annual Hood County Livestock Show was keeping many of the students at Lipan High busy – including basketball players – that didn’t get in the way of the Indians opening District 17-A play with a 90-42 rout of Gorman at home Friday.

“This was probably the most complete game we have played in the last two seasons,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler. “With everything going on this week with the stock show, it was very important that we got off to such a good start.”

Was that ever an understatement. The Indians led 57-17 at the half.

It was the most points an Indians team has scored in the first half of game in four years.

The win improved the Indians to 8-11 overall.

Six players scored in double figures for the Indians, led by Joey McFadden with 16, followed by Trevor Hedeman and Derrick Cook with 14.

Cook also came within one rebound of posting a double-double, also pulling down nine boards.

Lipan shot 60 percent from 2-point range (25-for-42) and 52 percent from 3-point range (11-for-21). The Indians also hit 70 percent of their free throws (7-for-10), and they committed just a dozen turnovers.

“It was a complete team effort and a great way to start off district,” said Chandler.

The Indians were hosting Strawn last night.

Boys basketball

Gorman 4 13 6 19 – 42

Lipan 27 30 19 14 – 90

Lipan (8-11, 1-0 in 17-A) – scoring – Joey McFadden 16, Trevor Hedeman 14, Derrick Cook 14, Joel Rice 13, Hunter Hightower 11, Lance Ferguson 10, Jorge Hernandez 6, Brady Nelson 4, Jace Walker 2.

3-pointers – McFadden 3, Hightower 3, Ferguson 2, Hedeman 2, Rice 1.

Rebounds – Cook 9.

Assists – Hernandez 5. Team 21.

Steals – Rice 3. Team 10.

2-point FG – Lipan 25-42 (60 percent). Gorman 15-34 (44 percent).

3-point FG – Lipan 11-21 (52 percent). Gorman 2-15 (13 percent).

Free throws – Lipan 7-10 (70 percent). Gorman 6-14 (43 percent).

Team rebounds – Lipan 30 (8 offensive). Gorman 29 (11 offensive).

Turnovers – Lipan 12. Gorman 21.