Lipan slips to second, ends skid

The Lipan Lady Indians ended a two-game losing streak with a 57-47 victory at Springtown Friday, but saw their place atop the Class A Division II state rankings come to an end.

The Lady Indians (14-2) slipped to second in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches weekly poll behind Saltillo.

Lipan had held the top spot since the preseason rankings.

Still, Lipan coach Amber Branson was more thrilled to see her team end its skid with a win at 3A Springtown, a team that will likely challenge for a playoff berth out of its district. The losses for Lipan were 71-60 at home to Merkel, No. 1 in 2A, and 58-49 at Bowie.

“They were very quick and athletic,” Branson said of Springtown. “Also very physical.”

The Lady Indians were led by Shauna Coleman, who came within one block of a triple-double (17 points, 10 rebounds, 9 blocks).

Also, six Lady Indians combined to hit seven shots from 3-point range.

Lipan used a 12-4 run in the second quarter to break an early tie and take charge of the contest.

The Lady Indians led almost the entire game, including by 13 going into the fourth quarter (45-32). Lipan made a few turnovers early in the fourth and the Lady Porcupines pulled within six at one time.

But Lipan regrouped and finished strong.

“I had flashbacks of Tuesday night (at Bowie),” said Branson. “I think we learned from that because we stood our ground and didn’t give in when they made their run.

“It was a very physical game. Proud of my girls for keeping their heads.”

Bowie ended the game with a 30-9 run against Lipan to overcome a 40-28 deficit.

Lipan went to the free throw line 33 times but struggled, making only 16 shots. They also shot more 3-pointers (7-for-22, 32 percent) than they did 2-pointers (10-for-21, 48 percent).

“If we would have shot better (at the free throw line), we would’ve won by 20 or so,” said Branson. “Gotta continue to work on that.”

Lipan restricted Springtown to 17-for-43 shooting (40 percent) from 2-point range and only 1-for-6 from 3-point territory. The Lady Porcupines had a much better free throw percentage (77 percent), but were only 10-for-13 at the line.

Lipan won the rebound battle 30-27, including 13-9 on the offensive boards. Seven of Colen’s rebounds were on the offensive end.

The Lady Indians collected 14 steals, led by Kayla Wheeler and Lanie Roberts with four each. Springtown managed only half as many.

Girls basketball

Lipan 14 12 19 12 – 57

Springtown 14 4 14 15 – 47

Lipan (14-2) scoring – Shauna Coleman 17, Rhiana Michou 12, Kayla Wheeler 9, Lanie Roberts 7, Taylor Herrera 5, Tallen Halliday 4, Larissa Prim 3.

Lipan 3-pointers – Michou 2, Wheeler 1, Roberts 1, Herrera 1, Halliday 1, Prim 1.

Rebounds – Lipan 30 (Coleman 10, Roberts 10), Springtown 27.

Lipan assists leaders – Roberts 5, Wheeler 4.

Lipan steal leaders – Wheeler 4, Roberts 4.

Lipan blocks leader – Coleman 9.

Free throws – Lipan 16-33, Springtown 10-13.