TECUMSEH—It was Senior Night in T-Town and two Pott. Co. foes faced off in a hoops doubleheader Tuesday night. The McLoud Lady Redskins spoiled the Tecumseh party with a 49-40 victory before the Savages took care of the Redskins 64-48.
In the nightcap, it took Tecumseh a quarter to figure out the McLoud zone defense, and when they did, they opened up the scoring flood gates.
Tecumseh held a slim 13-11 lead after the first quarter but out-scored McLoud 21-5 in the second quarter to take a comfortable 34-16 lead into the half.
The Savages dialed long distance in the second, hitting four 3 -pointers in the explosion. Three of the four treys came from off the bench — Jacob Green and Josiah Mendoza in a span of 1:38 of play. Tecumseh, which was ahead 15-11 before the three treys, upped the edge to 24-11 with 5:09 left.
“It took us a little while to get used to their zone,” said Tecumseh head coach Eric Litherland. “We starting pressuring them and increased the tempo, which is what we like to do.”
That pressure held McLoud to just two field goals and a free throw in the quarter.
The Redskins showed some fight in the third quarter. They chipped away at the Tecumseh lead and cut it to 44-34 heading into the fourth quarter, but would never get the deficit into single digits.
Chase Mahtapene led all scorers with 17 for McLoud. Garrett Wilson added 13 and Brandon Vinson netted 10 to round out McLoud’s double-digit scorers.
Senior Zathan Bowman led the Savages with 14 points, including two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to keep McLoud out of reach. Anthony Billy scored 12 and Green finished with 9.
The Savages improved to 13-9 on the season and will travel to face Little Axe Friday night.
The second quarter proved pivotal in the girls’ game as well.
The Lady Redskins out-scored Tecumseh 15-3 to take a 26-15 lead into the half. McLoud had five different players score in the quarter and held the Lady Savages to just one field goal and a free throw in the frame. McLoud ran an active zone defense that Tecumseh had trouble solving.
Tecumseh held an early advantage, 12-7 with 1:29 left in the opening quarter on Courtney Mansell's ninth point of the quarter. Mansell finished with a game-high 18 points.
McLoud's Katelyn Hoover and Callie Cardin each hit treys in the second quarter outburst and carried that momentum into the third.
The two guards finished with nine points each, but it was the Lady Redskins’ post that did the most damage.
Cheyenne Banks scored all 15 of her team-high points in the paint. She scored seven points in the first half and eight in the second. Her bucket at the 3:58 mark of the fourth quarter gave the Lady Redskins their biggest lead of the game at 46-29.
Along with Mansell, Taylor Walker joined in the double digit scoring with 10 points.