SEMINOLE - On a night where Seminole students showed support for their rivals from Tecumseh who were dealing with the loss of two high school students in a tragic accident, the Lady Savages came from behind to get a big win.
The 48-43 win was the ninth for Tecumseh this season. That is already three more wins than last year.
"It was a lot different than a normal game for us," Coach Eldon Gentry said. "I'm just glad we found a way to win."
The Seminole student section wore black and gold to show support for Tecumseh and made a sign that showed the two schools united in faith, but the competition on the court was the normal rivalry.
Tecumseh led 16-13 at halftime. Kaylyn Cotner scored on a free throw and then hit a basket to tie the game at 16-16 but Tecumseh rallied to take a 21-16 lead.
Anna Andrews scored to get the Lady Chieftains within one when Abby Carter scored on a breakaway and made her free throw to give Seminole a 29-27 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Lady Chieftains took a five-point lead but Tawny Billy scored six points in a row to tie the game at 37-37.
Billy scored 14 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter to help seal the win for Tecumseh.
"Tawny (Billy) usually plays a lot more for us but she hurt her ankle and we had to make sure we didn't play her too much tonight," Gentry said. "She is just a sophomore and Shantel (Evans) is only a freshman so we are excited about the future."
Evans had nine points and Madison Day and Katelyn LaFrance each had seven.
Carter led Seminole with 13 points. Anna Andrews had 11 and Kennedy Coker added 10.
Seminole will host Okemah Friday night. Tecumseh will host Prague Friday.
Seminole controlled the game in the second half, but missing four straight free throws gave Tecumseh a chance to tie the game late but Jayden Shafer's late three-point attempt rattled out to help Seminole secure the win.
Shafer scored the first five points of the game for the Savages. Seminole bounced back to take a 12-7 lead but Tecumseh cut the lead to 16-14 after one period. Seminole held a four-point lead at halftime and extended it to seven points after three quarters.
Jacob Green scored all five of his points to start the fourth period and get Tecumseh back within a bucket.
Deyton Jackson and Cade Hammond scored to extend the lead. Edward Carey scored for the Savages but Trevor Brinker went coast to coast to score and keep the lead at six at 58-52.
While Seminole was failing to put the game away by missing free throws, Carey scored and hit his free throw to make it a three-point game, but Seminole was able to hold on for the win.
Brinker led Seminole with 19 points. Cepedo Wilkins and Jackson each had 13 and Cade Hammond added seven.
Shafer led the Savages with 17. Kainan Ryan scored 12 and Edward Carey added nine for the Savages who were missing Anthony Billy who was out with an ankle injury.