Tecumseh girls open with pair of wins

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Olivia Mills (10) and the Indians defeated Parma Western and Airport at home to start the 2013-2014 basketball season. Photo by Michael Dubicki.

A new coach seems to be just what the doctor ordered for Tecumseh’s varsity girls basketball team as the Indians opened their season with a pair of victories over Parma Western and Airport.

Tecumseh High School Principal Griff Mills took over the program this year after having stepped down from the varsity boys coaching position after one season in 2007.

Mills played four years of college basketball at DePaul University and was an NCAA Division 1 assistant basketball coach for three years at East Carolina and was an NCAA Division II head coach for 13 years at Armstrong Atlanta State University (10 years) and Tusculum College, Greenville, Tenn., (three years).

He was excited about the season even before it started saying he has a great group of players to work with.

“We have a senior nucleus of about six seniors. We have three starters back from last year,” Mills said. It’s just a great group of kids, they’re fun to be around. It’s just a great distraction for work with kids, kind of in a different capacity. It’s been really fun up to this point.”

Tecumseh improved to 2-0 overall on Friday, Dec. 6, with a 47-26 victory over visiting Airport.

The Indians took a 20-5 lead after just one quarter of play and closed the first half up 35-13.

The Jets outscored Tecumseh 10-9 in the third quarter and both teams added just three points in the fourth quarter to finish the game.

Maddie Tedora led the Indians’ offense with 12 points while Morgan Skelton added 10. Both Carly LaPlant and Kayla Kormos scored eight points.

Tecumseh’s leading rebounders were Morgan Skelton (9), Tedora (6) and LaPlant (5).

In the first game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 3, against visiting Parma Western, the Indians won 39-20 with Kormos scoring 10 points to lead the Tribe.

Olivia Mills tagged all seven of her total game points in the first and second quarters to help the Indians close the first half with a 15-6 lead.

The Indians’ leading rebounders were Kayla Kormos (8), Mills (4) and Kelsea Kaliszuk (4).

“Our kids have always played hard here,” said Mills. “They’ve always been quality kids. We’re going to continue capitalizing on that and see what we get to. We’re just really going to focus on not so much who our opponent is but continuing to get better.”

Mills said that one of the things the team has looked at is the last time the Indians won a district title — being 23 years ago this season.

“That’s a goal that we’re working for each day,” Mills said. “As we take each day we’re just trying to get better to maybe put ourselves in position to maybe compete for one.”

Tecumseh’s schedule had the Indians traveling to Lincoln on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and Ypsilanti on Friday, Dec. 13.




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