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Tecumseh girls end hoop season with loss against nemesis Chelsea

Basketball Team took on Southeastern Conference rival Chelsea during district play at Onsted on Wednesday, March 6. For the third time this season Tecumseh couldn’t find the key to victory, losing to the Bulldogs, 26-21.

“I am so proud of these girls,” said Tecumseh Coach Kristy Zajac. “They worked hard all season with only seven players and exceeded my expectations. They competed with one of the best teams in the state for four quarters and never gave up. Their team defense was amazing. They gave everything they had of every second of that game; I couldn’t be more proud.”

The Lady Indians battled inside and controlled the pace of the game, slowing it so Chelsea couldn’t score on fast breaks. Despite missing several shots, the Tribe led at the half, 10-9. In the second half, the Indians ran into foul trouble. Kylah Abbott and Lyndsey Benchoter each had four fouls early in the third quarter. Because the team didn’t have depth on the bench, the girls had to back off on their tight defense. Abbie McDowell ended the game and her record-breaking, 1,000-point high school career by fouling out. She led the Indians with 11 points and three rebounds. Riley Chenevey had four points and four rebounds, Abbott had three points and three rebounds, Eva Alcock pulled down six rebounds, Jaden Benschoter knocked in two points, and Annika Hassenzahl chipped in one point and hauled in two rebounds.

“This is a great group; I was very lucky to get the chance to coach them,” Zajac said. “Every day they pushed themselves to get better and did everything I asked.” The Indians finished second in the SEC, three games ahead of everyone except Chelsea. “This is no small feat, as we are by far the smallest school in the league,” she said. “Our two seniors, Annika Hassenzahl and Abbie McDowell, led the team the entire season. We will have tough shoes to fill.”

The girls finished the season with a 13-6 overall record and were 11-3 in the SEC. McDowell and Alcock made first team All-SEC. Abbott received All-SEC honorable mention and Sophie Whelan received the sportsmanship award.

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