No cakewalk for Lipan – but almost



LIPAN — It was asking almost too much for a 2-year-old to stand in front of a crowd and hold a cake for several minutes.


The cake slipped but no damage done. It was tightly wrapped.

Homemade cakes were auctioned at halftime of the Lipan-Strawn basketball games Tuesday night.

The No. 1-ranked Lipan Lady Indians dished out some sweetness of their own, scoring a key 73-51 win over the Lady Greyhounds in a battle for the District 17-A lead.

Lipan remained unbeaten in district at 4-0 while Strawn slipped to 3-1. Lipan for the season is 25-1, and Strawn is 15-8.

“I feel much better it’s over,” Lipan coach Amber Branson said.

The matches were split last year.

“I think Strawn is one of the strongest teams in the region,” Branson said. “We’ll probably have to go through them at some point to get to Austin.”

Strawn, ranked No. 23 in the state, could only get better because last year’s district MVP junior post Jayden Price is getting back in the flow after missing the non-district season because of a knee problem, Branson said. She had 16 points.

Lipan’s pesky full-court press and hot shooting were too much for the visitors.

The Lady Indians bolted to a 22-10 first-quarter lead and held a commanding 57-34 advantage after three periods.

Lipan sophomore Lanie Roberts played brilliantly, scoring a game-high 28 points, pulling down nine rebounds and notching seven steals.

Kylee Cross and Kayla Wheeler added 14 points each, and Tallen Halliday had nine points.

“They played hard,” Branson said about her squad. “I don’t mean to be greedy, but we didn’t play smart at times.”

Branson was referring to Lipan’s half-court defense.

“I thought we gave up too many open looks from the outside.”

Strawn launched 21 3-point shots and made five (24 percent). Lipan, meanwhile, hit eight of 22 treys (36 percent).

Lipan senior Shauna Coleman was a force on the boards, grabbing a team-high 15 rebounds. She also blocked three shots.

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Girls basketball

Strawn 10 19 5 17 – 51

Lipan 22 20 15 16 – 73

Lipan (25-1, 4-0 in 17-A) scoring – Lanie Roberts 28, Kylee Cross 14, Kayla Wheeler 14, Tallen Halliday 9, Shauna Coleman 5, Shelby Bontke 3.

3-pointers – Cross 4, Roberts 1, Wheeler 1, Halliday 1, Bontke 1.

Rebounds – Coleman 15, Roberts 9, Halliday 8.

Assists – Cross 4, Wheeler 3. Team 14.

Steals – Roberts 7, Halliday 4. Team 14.

Blocks – Coleman 3.

2-point FG – Lipan 18-35 (51 percent). Strawn 13-31 (42 percent).

3-point FG – Lipan 8-22 (36 percent). Strawn 5-21 (24 percent).

Free throws – Lipan 13-20 (65 percent). Strawn 10-18 (56 percent).

Team rebounds – Lipan 38 (12 offensive). Strawn 24 (6 offensive).

Turnovers – Lipan 19. Strawn 18.