AUSTIN – What was supposed to be the greatest season in Lipan Lady Indians basketball history ended up being ONE of the best.
The Lady Indians’ hopes of winning the Class A Division II state championship – a first ever for the girls program – ended with a 57-41 loss to Nazareth Friday at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center.… Read the rest
Six years ago, after returning to coach at her alma mater, Lipan Lady Indians coach Amber Branson met with some seventh-graders.
She gave them a goal – get to Austin and win state.
Senior post Shauna Coleman remembers that talk well.
“This senior group is the first group that she’s coached all the way from junior high through high school, and it is a special bond,” said Coleman.… Read the rest
TYLER – Lipan coach Amber Branson paused in the middle of Saturday’s post-game interview following an 80-40 romp over Strawn in the Class A Division II Region III basketball finals at Tyler Junior College.
She stood silent for a second as a tear escaped her eye and slowly made its way down her face, soon followed by another.
“My dad would be proud,” she said.… Read the rest
RIO VISTA – So many times the Lipan Indians have pulled off the big steal, made the clutch basket and found a way to win even when the odds were against them.
Thursday night, however, the odds reached into the basket as the buzzer sounded and knocked the ball away, leaving the Indians on the short end of a 73-70 score against Coolidge in their Class A Division II area basketball game at Rio Vista High School.… Read the rest
MANSFIELD – Talk to just about anyone who’s seen the Lipan Lady Indians play a basketball game and they will agree.
Unless the roof caves in, they will be walking off the court at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center in Austin holding the Class A Division II state championship trophy.
But then, as the Lady Indians remember, a lot of folks thought that last season when they got upset by Coolidge in the third round of the playoffs.… Read the rest
KEENE — It was almost a love first quarter in a St. Valentine’s Lipan-Abbott Class A Division II area girls basketball playoff game Friday night.
Abbott, down 36-0, finally scored with 34 seconds left, preventing an opening-period shutout.
Lipan, the state’s top-ranked Class A small-school division team, bolted from the gates with a smothering full-court press that had Abbott looking more than perplexed.… Read the rest
TOLAR – The Lipan Indians celebrated their return to the playoffs with a 74-49 thumping of Walnut Springs in their Class A Division II bidistrict basketball game Monday at Tolar High School.
The Indians missed the playoffs in 2013, their first vacation from the postseason in a couple decades.
The victory moved the Indians (14-15) into an area-round matchup against Coolidge (24-1).… Read the rest
Save for a 20-8 run by Huckabay in the second quarter, the Lipan Indians controlled much of the game against Huckabay, the state’s No. 9 team Wednesday in Huckabay.
Lipan outscored Huckabay in three of the four quarters, but still lost the game 59-54.
“It was a very competitive game from start to finish,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler. “I could not be more proud of the way this group of kids battled, not only in this game but throughout district.… Read the rest
For seven of the eight quarters they played each other in District 17-A, the Lipan Indians and Lingleville played back-and-forth basketball.
Then came the fourth quarter of Friday’s game in Lipan.
Lingleville outscored the Indians 33-25 in the final period to pull away for an 84-73 victory.
The win kept Lingleville (22-3, 8-1 in District 17-A), No. 9 in the state in Class A Division II, in the hunt with No.… Read the rest