Indians stay in postseason hunt

Refusing to go away quietly, the Lipan Indians kept their playoff hopes alive Tuesday with a 72-41 win at Gordon.

The win improved the Indians (12-16 overall) to 4-4 in District 17-A, a game behind Lingleville. They were playing at Lingleville last night, and a win would give the teams a split of their district games.

Lipan finishes the regular season Tuesday at home against district leader Huckabay, No. 4 in the state, while Lingleville faces Strawn.

Lipan has not missed the postseason since 1990.

Lipan coach Cody Chandler said regardless of the outcome over the final games, things are setting up well for next season. Most of the team, which began the season with very little varsity experience, will be back.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “They’ve proven all season they are not going to quit.”

Blake Williams had 20 to lead 10 Indians who scored.

Lipan 15 23 16 18 – 72

Gordon 7 11 11 12 – 41

Lipan (12-16, 4-4 in 17-A) scoring – Blake Williams 20, Jorge Hernandez 8, Kyle Mercer 7, Tanner Richardson 7, Trevor Hedeman 7, Reese Addison 6, Hunter Hightower 5, Brady Nelson 4, Joel Rice 4, Joey McFadden 4.

3-pointers – Williams 1, Hedeman 1, Addison 1, Hightower 1.