Lady Indians repeat at Hamilton champs

It could be argued that the Lipan Lady Indians have two home courts.

Of course they have their own gym, in which they are playing a second season. But they are quite at home in the Hamilton gym, as they proved by winning the Hamilton Tournament for a third consecutive season Saturday.

And this year’s title is the most special yet, said Lady Indians coach Amber Branson.

The Lady Indians (6-1) made short work of all four opponents, including Gatesville in the finals, winning 57-27. They also walloped Ranger 96-11, Eastland 75-44, and Meridian 85-37.

Lanie Roberts was named tournament most valuable player and Shauna Coleman earned all-tournament honors. Roberts averaged 26.3 points and Coleman 17.5.

The tournament championship capped a tough week for Branson. Her father passed away, and she missed the two opening games because of the service – which Lady Indians also attended on their way to the tournament.

“Several people complimented them to me today and told me how good they were impressed with the girls,” said Branson. “It’s been a hard week for me, and I couldn’t have made it without coach Michou. Ray took care of practice all week and the games on Thursday, and a lot of things in between – even bringing them to my dad’s service.

“The girls loved and supported my family and I during this time, yet stayed focused and took care of business. Not to mention all the faculty and staff at school helping to cover the JV tournament we were hosting at the same time, and our wonderful community that gathered around us and provided for our family this week.

“So this championship trophy is a little more special than the last two. I’m blessed to call Lipan home and be a cheerleader on the sideline for these girls.”

In the championship game, the Lady Indians’ defense clamped down on Gatesville in the final two quarters. Lipan led 26-18 at intermission, but outscored Gatesville 31-9 in the second half.

“All 10 girls played a lot of minutes and contributed something valuable to each game,” said Branson.

In the championship game, the Lady Indians hit half of their 2-point shots (17-34) and were 6-for 28 shooting 3s. Eleven of their 18 rebounds were on the offensive side, they had 21 steals and forced 35 turnovers.

The Lady Indians are ranked second in the state in Class A Division II by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Their lone loss was 66-62 to five-time defending Class 2A state champion Brock, the No. 1 team in that classification.

Girls basketball

Hamilton Tournament

Lipan 36 26 19 15 – 96

Ranger 0 5 4 2 – 11

Lipan (3-1) scoring – Lanie Roberts 33, Shauna Coleman 24, Tallen Halliday 12, Bryanna Phelps 11, Kayla Wheeler 7, Taylor Herrera 5, Ashleigh Mitchell 3, Katelyn Martin 1.

Lipan 22 20 24 9 – 75

Eastland 8 12 8 16 – 44

Lipan (4-1) scoring – Coleman 27, Roberts 20, Wheeler 9, Herrera 7, Phelps 4, Halliday 4, Mitchell 4.

Lipan 23 24 19 19 – 85

Meridian 5 13 9 10 – 37

Lipan (5-1) scoring – Roberts 34, Phelps 15, Coleman 8, Wheeler 7, Halliday 6, Mitchell 6, Herrera 4, Cross 3, Bontke 2.


Lipan 14 12 17 14 – 57

Gatesville 7 11 2 7 – 27

Lipan (6-1) scoring – Roberts 18, Coleman 11, Wheeler 10, Herrera 7, Halliday 4, Bontke 3, Phelps 3, Mitchell 1.

3-pointers – Roberts 2, Herrera 2, Bontke 1, Phelps 1.

Rebound leaders – Roberts 5, Coleman 3.

Assists leader – Herrera 3.

Steal leaders – Roberts 7, Herrera 4, Wheeler 3, Halliday 3.