Come from behind effort falls short

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Tecumseh’s Hannah Galloway (34) and the Indians’ varsity girls basketball team came close to picking up its first win but lost by one point to the visiting Columbia Central Eagles. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

A slow start by Tecumseh’s varsity girls basketball team in their home opener on Friday, Dec. 7, turned into a mad dash come from behind effort that forced visiting Columbia Central into overtime. Despite the added minutes, the Indians lost the contest by just one point at 39-38 and fell to 0-2 in the early season.

The Eagles scored one less point in the opening quarter than Tecumseh did the entire first half. Tecumseh scored just five points in the first quarter and added eight more in the second quarter with junior Carley LaPlant connecting on a pair of shots from the field and Mattie Wright hitting one from the field and two from the free throw line.

The Indians finished the first half behind 16-13 but began a come back in the third quarter. Tecumseh outscored the Eagles 14-10 in the third quarter to head into the fourth with a 27-26 lead.

Columbia Central tied the contest 34-34 by the end of the fourth quarter, scoring eight points to Tecumseh’s seven in regulation. The Eagles went on to outscore Tecumseh 5-4 to win the game in overtime.

LaPlant and Nicole Lipnichan each scored 12 points to lead the Indians’ offense.

Wright added nine points while both Hannah Galloway and Kayla Kormos added six points each.

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