TECUMSEH—The Tecumseh Savage hoops’ squads bounced back after Saturday set-backs to capture a sweep over the visiting Harrah Panthers and Lady Panthers. The Lady Savages defeated Harrah 54-47 before the Savages cruised to a 76-66 win.
In the opener, the Lady Savages built an early lead, only to see it slip away in the third quarter. They led 15-9 after the first quarter and took a 24-17 into the halftime locker room.
Tawny Billy led the Tecumseh attack in the first half, scoring 10 of her team-tying high of 15 points. Billy hit two 3-pointers in the opening half.
Harrah chipped away at the Lady Savage lead in the third quarter, and took its first lead of the contest on a Stephanie McDonald put-back with 1:52 left in the third.
Tecumseh responded and scored six straight points to hold a 35-30 lead heading into the final quarter.
Harrah was down, but not out.
The Lady Panthers opened the fourth quarter on a 9-3 run and took a 39-38 lead on two Katie King free throws with 4:41 to play.
The Lady Savages then took it to Harrah in the paint and Schantel Evans was right in the middle of the mix. Evans scored nine of her team-high 15 points in the second half and went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Savages went 12-of-16 from the charity stripe in the final period to ice the game.
The free throws, along with a Kenzli Warden bomb at the 2:52 mark, were too much for the visitors. That three-pointer gave the Lady Savages a five-point lead and breathing room down the stretch.
Warden joined Billy and Evans in double digits with 11 points.
The Lady Savages improve to 4-2 on the season.
In the nightcap, the Savages jumped out to a 22-12 first-quarter lead and were never threatened by the Panthers. Emet Longhorn hit two treys and scored 10 points in the quarter.
Tecumseh’s offense slowed down in the second quarter and took a 32-23 lead into the half.
Tecumseh perked up in the third, scoring 23 points and taking a 55-41 lead into the final frame. Guards Kainan Ryan and Jacob Green led the way in the third with seven and six points respectively.
Harrah chipped away at the Tecumseh lead in the fourth, but the decision was never in doubt, as the Savages held on for the 10-point win.
The Savages were very balanced in scoring and had four players hit for double digits. Longhorn led the way with 17, and Marcus Fuell and Ryan each netted 16. Green finished with 11 and Payden Clutter added eight.
Masan Slama led all scorers with 18 points for the Panthers. Mathew Gentry scored 16 and Cooper Kinsey added 10.
Tecumseh improves to 6-1 on the season. Both the Lady Savages and Savages are idle until Jan. 9, when they will play in the Route 66 Tournament in Stroud.