McLOUD — A third quarter long-range shooting barrage by 5-9 senior Madison Day ignited Tecumseh to a 39-35 come-from-behind triumph over McLoud Tuesday night.
McLoud held a 21-11 halftime advantage but Day drilled three 3-point field goals as Tecumseh captured the third quarter by a 22-7 margin.
Day finished with five 3-pointers in leading Tecumseh with 15 points.
McLoud’s only 3-pointer came from senior Karlie Norwood.
Cheyenne Banks of McLoud ruled the inside with a game-high 16 points. Lexie Boyer came in with eight.
With :12 remaining, Tawny Billy of Tecumseh hit two free throws off a 1-and-1 situation to conclude the scoring.
Tecumseh, 11-11, has won five straight games and nine of its last 11.
“We came out and played a whole lot better in the third quarter,” Tecumseh coach Eldon Gentry said. “We are peaking at the right time.”
Tecumseh will celebrate homecoming and senior night Friday as Luther comes to town. The evening will begin with a JV boys’ game at 4, followed by the JV girls and then homecoming ceremonies at 6. The varsity boys’ game is scheduled for 6:30 with senior night slated for 8. The varsity girls’ contest will round out the night.
Tecumseh almost corralled its second come-from-behind win of the night, only to fall to McLoud 63-62.
Tecumseh (13-9) trailed 48-37 entering the final quarter, only to outscore the hosts 25-15 down the stretch.
Trailing 63-62 with :10 left, Tecumseh missed a field-goal attempt, got the rebound and missed another shot only to be fouled. But two free-throw misses gave McLoud the win.
Brandon Vinson compiled 19 points to lead McLoud, followed by Tristan Crook with 15, including three 3-ponters. Logan Wahpekeche finished with eight points.
Jayden Shafer headed Tecumseh’s scoring with 16 points, including a 4-of-9 effort from 3-point range. Junior Kainan Ryan and senior Ed Carey notched 12 points apiece. Carey’s 10 rebounds gave him a double-double.
Alex Schovanec recorded six rebounds and Josiah Mendoza posted two treys.
Savage freshman Jose Lugo collected five points, four rebounds and two assists.
McLoud will conclude its regular season Friday night at Seminole.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.