By MICKEY ALVARADO
The Indians made lemonade out of lemons after losing 121.175-110.925 against visiting Coldwater on Monday evening.
Despite falling to the Cardinals, Tecumseh coach Jenni Posten and her girls were pleased at surpassing the team’s goal of 110 points as it advances through the season.
The Indians hit their goal despite also having three injured girls and one out for a musical.
“We’re out a few girls and still managed to get our high score,” said Posten. “I thought we did really well and I was especially happy with how our beam went today. I think our vault scores were the highest so far too.”
The Indians were led by freshman Sarah Kelly with a second place finish in the all-around. Coach Posten recently began having Kelly compete in the all-around as her scores have been improving all season.
“This is only her second meet doing all-around and she’s stepped right up to it,” said Posten. “I was definitely impressed with her tonight.”
Kelly and Tory Thacker tied for third place on vault with regional qualifying scores of 8.1. Also qualifying for regionals in the event was Erin Landstrom (8.05).
Kelly placed second on bars with a score of 6.6.
Coldwater swept the top three places on beam. Kelly turned in a regional qualifying score of 7.65.
Thacker was third on floor with a score of 7.7 while Kelley scored 7.525.
At Sturgis on Friday, Jan. 21, the Indians lost 140.85-109.975.
Regional qualifying scores were turned in from Tecumseh’s Thacker (8.15), Travis (7.9) and Kyia Salts (7.9) on vault.
Kelly turned in a qualifying score of 7.275 on bars while Travis had a qualifying score of 8.05 on floor.
“Lots of girls are going to be competing individually at regionals this year,” said Posten. “We’d really like to qualify as a team but are about eight points away from that. We’re creeping up there. There’s still a chance.”
Tecumseh freshman Sarah Kelly led Tecumseh against visiting Coldwater with a second place finish in the all-around. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.