Lipan girls cruise past rival Huckabay

The Lipan Lady Indians had little trouble at all with arch rival Huckabay, winning 83-26 at home Tuesday in a District 17-A basketball.

Huckabay and Lipan are back in the same district this season after being in separate districts, even separate regions, the past two years.

“The old rivalry was there, I guess,” said Lipan coach Amber Branson, whose team improved to 2-0 in district (20-3 overall).

“The girls have played really well the first two games of district. I’ve been impressed with their intensity and focus. I felt like we had a problem with that in Tenaha (tournament), so I’m glad to see how focused they are taking care of business in district.”

The Lady Indians were definitely focused in just about every phase of the contest Tuesday. They dominated on offense and defense.

Huckabay kept things relatively close for the better part of the first quarter. Then Lipan went on a 22-4 run in the second quarter, followed by runs of 23-8 in the third and 18-3 in the fourth to close out the rout.

Lanie Roberts (26) and Shauna Coleman (24) combined for 50 of Lipan’s points. Roberts, in fact posted a triple-double with a dozen rebounds and 13 steals.

Lipan forced Huckabay into 48 turnovers and collected 31 steals.

Lipan was also in command of rebounds by a 36-17 advantage. Of those, 23 were offensive boards compared to three offensive rebounds for Huckabay.

Eight of Roberts’ rebounds were offensive, as were six of Coleman’s.

In an oddity, Huckabay was 7-for-13 from 3-point range, but the Lipan inside defense, highlighted by Roberts and Coleman, limited them to 1-for-11 from 2-point range.

Lipan countered by going 28-for-56 from short range and 6-for-19 on 3-point attempts.

Lipan entered the game ranked second in the state in Class A Division II by both the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

Lipan and Huckabay’s rival goes back many years. Both teams even have the mascot of Indians.

And, in years past, the Huckabay Lady Indians have had their moments of great success on the basketball court. They’ve even had some deep runs in the postseason.

But in this game it was evident early that the Lipan Lady Indians were the superior squad.

Lipan began the season as the state’s top-ranked squad in Class A Division II according to the TABC voters. They slipped to second after a couple of losses to larger teams Merkel and Bowie, along with a loss to Tatum in the championship game of the Tenaha Holiday Hoops tournament. All three are Class 2A schools.

The game against Merkel was a clash between top-ranked teams. Merkel was then and still is the top-ranked 2A team in the state. Tatum is No. 19 in that classification.

Girls basketball

Huckabay 11 4 8 3 – 26

Lipan 20 22 23 18 – 83

Lipan (20-3, 2-0 in 17-A) scoring – Lanie Roberts 26, Shauna Coleman 24, Tallen Halliday 11, Rhiana Michou 10, Taylor Herrera 3, Kayla Wheeler 3, Katelyn Martin 3, Larissa Prim 3.

3-pointers – Lipan 6-19 (Halliday 2, Roberts 1, Herrera 1, Martin 1, Prim 1). Huckabay 7-13.

Rebounds – Lipan 36 (Roberts 12, Coleman 7, Halliday 5). Huckabay 17.

Lipan assist leaders – Roberts 7, Herrera 6, Michou 4.

Lipan steal leaders – Roberts 13, Halliday 7.

2-point field goals – Lipan 28-56, Huckabay 1-11.

Turnovers – Lipan 11, Huckabay 48.

Free throws – Lipan 9-16, Huckabay 3-6.