SHAWNEE—The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

The Tecumseh Lady Savages are a game away from advancing into Class 4A’s Area III tournament, by virtue of their 56-31 win over the Idabel Lady Warriors Friday night at North Rock Creek High School. The Savages fell to Idabel, 57-46, to end their basketball campaign.

The Lady Savages opened the night with an 8-0 run, in the first five minutes of play, and took a 15-5 advantage after the first quarter. Tawny Billy and Kenzli Warden each hit a trey in the first frame.

Scrappy Idabel chipped away at the Tecumseh lead in the second quarter and cut the Lady Savages advantage to 25-21 at the half.

The game turned back the Lady Savages way in the third quarter and did so, on defense. They held the Lady Warriors to just one point in the quarter and took a 38-22 lead into the final eight minutes of the game. Warden, a freshman, hit her second trey in the quarter. Warden led all scorers with 19 points.

Tecumseh closed out the Lady Warrior’s season from the free throw line in the fourth. The Lady Savages hit 15 of their 18 free throw attempts to win going away. Warden went 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in the fourth and 9-of-10 overall.

Katelyn LaFrance and Schantel Evans joined Warden in double digit scoring with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Idabel was led by T’Lyse Whitaker’s 11-points, off the bench.

With the win, the Lady Savages will face Pauls Valley, Saturday at 1:30 pm. The game will be played at North Rock Creek High School. The Area III tournament will be held at Washington High School, beginning next Thursday.

Boys

The first half of the boys contest featured five ties and nine lead changes as the two squads were fighting for their playoff lives.

Tecumseh led 14-13 after the first quarter and trailed 25-24 at the half. Kainan Ryan hit three treys in the first half, and Jacob Green and Emet Longhorn added one bomb each.

Idabel’s half and game was put on the capable shoulders of Jaquevean King. King scored 12 points in the first half, but that was just the beginning.

The Warriors started pulling away from the Savages in the third quarter, building a 42-33 lead. King started the half with a trey and finished the third with nine more points,

Green led Tecumseh, in the third, with seven points.

The Warriors increased the lead to its’ peak of 53-38, when King hit two free throws with 2:35 left in the game.

The Savages cut the lead down to nine points on a Green free throw with :43 left, but that was Tecumseh’s last point of the game.

King was the only Idabel player to reach double digit scoring.

Green led Tecumseh with 17 and Ryan finished with 11 points. Emet Longhorn and Marcus Fuell each netted eight for the Savages. Tecumseh finishes the season wiuth a mark of 17-9.