Lady Indians flex No. 1 muscles against Lady Rattlers

The Lipan Lady Indians didn’t have to go far to make another believer of their top ranking in the state Tuesday night, winning 73-31 at rival Tolar.

“Not going to take anything away from Lipan. They are well deserving of being the No. 1 team in the state. They are that good,” said Tolar coach Benita Carlton.

“We need to get better at doing the little things right.”

The Lady Indians (8-0), top-ranked in Class A Division II, made it difficult for the Lady Rattlers (3-2) to do anything right. But then, that has been the case with most of Lipan’s opponents this season and the previous couple.

The Lady Indians finished second in the state last season and reached the final four the previous year.

Lipan made eight 3-point baskets, including three by Tallen Halliday. They also forced the Lady Rattlers into 33 turnovers, 23 in the first half as they raced to a 34-8 lead.

Shauna Coleman led Lipan with 23 points, while Halliday added 13. Four Lady Indians scored in double figures.

Ligan Chandler and Breanna Rogers led Tolar with 11 points each.

“Overall, it was a good game for us,” said Lipan coach Amber Branson. “We had too many unforced turnovers in the first half, but we caused a lot of turnovers that led to easy buckets.

“It’s nice to be where we are going into the (Thanksgiving) break.”

Girls basketball

Lipan 18 16 17 22 – 73

Tolar 4 4 12 11 — 31

Lipan (8-0) scoring – Shauna Coleman 23, Tallen Halliday 13, Kayla Wheeler 12, Lanie Roberts 11, Larissa Prim 6, Rhiana Michou 4, Katelyn Martin 4.

Tolar (3-2) scoring – Breanna Rogers 11, Logan Chandler 11, Kacey Frazier 5, Michaela Phillips 4.

3-pointers – Lipan: Halliday 3, Prim 2, Roberts 1, Wheeler 1, Coleman 1. Tolar: Rogers 2.

Free throws – Lipan 9-14. Tolar 9-19.