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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Savages beat Chieftains, 76-64, to improve to 18-2

  • An early salvo by fifth-ranked Class 4A Tecumseh was too much for Seminole to overcome Tuesday night as the Savages carved out a 76-64 victory, and Tecumseh’s girls never trailed in knocking off Seminole 54-46.
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  • An early salvo by fifth-ranked Class 4A Tecumseh was too much for Seminole to overcome Tuesday night as the Savages carved out a 76-64 victory.
     
    Tecumseh, 18-2, netted the first 11 points of the game and enjoyed a 19-10 advantage after one quarter. The Savages were up 38-30 at the half and 60-50 after three quarters.
     
    Senior Julio Hukill of Tecumseh led all scorers with 21 points. Also in double figures for the victors were Alan Brewer (15), Clayton Baquera (12) and Colton Owen (11).
     
    Brewer was red-hot from 3-point range, going 5-of-8 while teammate Darian Permetter was 2-of-3.
     
    “Our big guys dominated the boards,” Tecumseh coach Eric Litherland said. “It was a physical rivalry game. Assistant coach Ryan Smith did a great job of making a halftime adjustment.”
     
    Owen, who stands 6-5, had a game-leading 16 rebounds for Tecumseh. Hukill added 12 boards and Dakota Davis finished with eight.
     
    Seminole, 10-7, was led in scoring by Jace Cravens and Xavier Freeman with 18 points apiece. Freeman had four of Seminole’s six successes from 3-point range.
     
    Tecumseh was 9-of-19 in the 3-point category.
     
    In the opener, Tecumseh’s girls never trailed in knocking off Seminole 54-46.
     
    Sutv Meely and Jalyn Williams had eight points apiece in the first quarter as Tecumseh bolted to a 20-5 lead. Seminole cut the deficit to 29-19 at the half and 38-30 after three quarters.
     
    Meely finished with 18 points, including two 3-point field goals. Hilary Babbit of Tecumseh tallied 14 points and Williams posted 10, including two treys.
     
    Tecumseh, 6-14, connected on 19 of 42 field goals for 45.2 percent.
     
    “We played extremely well,” Tecumseh coach Amy Shelby said. “Our effort was there. We worked very hard.”
     
    Gabby Rice of Tecumseh had a team-high 11 rebounds. Williams notched five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
     
    For Seminole, Baylee Lucas posted 11 points while Mikayla Marshall and Whitney Sinor registered nine apiece.
     
    Maddie Perry, who finished with eight points for Seminole, had two treys.
     
    Both Tecumseh squads will entertain Byng Friday as part of senior night.
     
    Seminole will host Okemah Friday as part of homecoming.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.
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