Lady Indians hoopsters improve record to 8-2 in Southeastern Conference
The Lady Indian Basketball Team had two big victories, despite having six days off with no practice. They beat Lincoln on Friday, Feb. 1, 47-12 and held on to beat Jackson, 49-46 on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
“They played great defense and made it really hard for them to score,” said Tecumseh Coach Kristy Zajac about her team’s play against the Railsplitters. “We did a great job on the boards, getting 38 rebounds including 15 on the offensive end. We were finding open players and making good passes, finishing with 14 assists.”
Kylah Abbott led with 14 points, seven steals, three assists and three rebounds. “She really did a great job looking to score and make plays,” Zajac said. Eva Alcock put up a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Jaden Benschoter had seven points and eight rebounds.
After being behind the entire game, the Indians fought back in the fourth quarter against Jackson, outscoring them 19-11 in that stanza for the win. “I’m very proud of these ladies,” Zajac said. “They are finding ways to win and never giving up. They played their hearts out tonight and never let down. We needed all seven players to come away with this win tonight. They all stepped up when we needed them.”
Riley Chenevey and Abbott hit critical free throws at the end of the game to help seal the victory. Alcock led with 14 points, Abbie McDowell added 11 points and six rebounds. Annika Hassenzahl added 11 rebounds and five points. Abbot had eight points and Chenevey added seven points and three assists.
The Indians are now 10-3 overall and 8-2 in Southeastern Conference White Division play.