Lipan boys needing surge to end season

The Lipan Indians’ playoff hopes took another hit Tuesday night with a 49-35 home loss to Gorman.

The loss dropped the Indians (10-16 overall) to 2-4 in District 17-A.

Lipan has not missed the postseason since 1990.

“We knew going into this year it was going to be a tough season,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler.

“We graduated five seniors, and we didn’t have much varsity experience coming back.”

Add to that Lipan is in its toughest district in years. Including the Indians, 17-A is home to three district champions from last season (Gorman and Huckabay being the other two). Also, Lingleville, a district runner-up a year ago, reached the regional finals.

Huckabay is ranked fourth in the state this season and enjoying its finest season in years.

““We knew the district was going to be tough, but this is where we landed,” said Chandler.

Boys basketball

Gorman 13 9 10 17 – 49

Lipan 4 10 4 17 – 35

Lipan (10-16, 2-4 in 17-A) scoring – Trevor Hedeman 12, Tanner Richardson 8, Blake Williams 4, Joel Rice 4, Hunter Hightower 3, Kyle Mercer 3, Brady Nelson 1.

Rebounds – Lipan 26 (Richardson 8, Mercer 7), Gorman 34.

Lipan assists – 6 (Hedeman 3).

Lipan steals – 3.

Turnovers – Lipan 17, Gorman 13.

Free throws – Lipan 3-8, Gorman 4-13.