Savages move to 11-2 with overtime triumph
TECUMSEH — Foiled in its bid for a victory in regulation, Tecumseh upended Mt. St. Mary 62-56 in overtime Tuesday night.
The visitors tallied a 2-point bucket with 1.9 seconds left in regulation to earn a 49-49 tie.
The Savages, ranked 15th in Class 4A, outscored the visitors 13-7 in overtime as senior Kainan Ryan tallied eight points, including 4 of 4 from the charity stripe.
Emet Longhorn, a 6-foot, 2-inch Tecumseh senior, notched a game-high 19 points. Longhorn collected four 3-point field goals.
Marcus Fuell supplied 15 points and teammates Ryan and Jacob Green put in 10 and nine points respectively.
Tecumseh hit 21-of-54 field goals, including 6 of 19 from beyond the 3-point line.
The Savages were 14 of 24 from the charity stripe. St. Mary was 9 of 18.
It was Tecumseh’s first overtime game of the season.
Coach Bryant Edwards’ Savages are 11-2 overall and 6-0 in the North Canadian River Conference.
Tecumseh will oppose the Dallas Thunder at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the 48th Annual Clester Harrington Shortgrass Classic Invitational in Altus.
St. Mary 40, Tecumseh 39
St. Mary connected on a 3-point field goal with six seconds remaining for the win.
Tecumseh led 39-37 when the visitors prevailed on the shot from the wing.
Tecumseh was unable to get off another shot because of a turnover.
The Lady Savages (8-5) received double-figure scoring from junior Tawny Billy with 12 and freshman Kenzli Warden with 10. Completing Tecumseh’s scoring were junior Katelyn LaFrance with nine and sophomore Schantel Evans with eight.
Billy recorded one 3-point field goal in each quarter but the first. Warden knocked down two treys and LaFrance posted one.
The visitors had the edge in the free-throw department, hitting 9 of 14 compared to 3 of 5 for Tecumseh.
Tecumseh led 23-20 at the half.
“The effort was good. We are just young,” Tecumseh coach Eldon Gentry said. “In a close game, we had some growing pains.”
Tecumseh will meet the Dallas Thunder Thursday at 4 p.m. in Altus.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.