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Lipan’s floor general, Taylor Branson, help fuel the Lady Indians' initial outburst by scoring all of her 19 points in the first half. File photo, Jan. 4.

The Lady Indians played with confidence away from their home gym, defeating district opponent De Leon 75-30, Friday night, exorcising the scare San Saba laid on them in Lipan Jan. 4.

“I think last night’s game was a way to redeem ourselves,” said Lipan forward Chelsea Lott. “We knew that we needed more energy, better defense, and to be engaged and locked in the whole time if we wanted to get a good win.”

Lott set the tone for her Lady Indians early, muscling her way in the paint and shooting from the charity stripe 10 times, including a three-point conversion. Lipan’s floor general, Taylor Branson, made four shots beyond the arc, finishing the half with 19 points, her total for the night.

De Leon’s zone left Lipan with driving lanes early on, according to Lott.

“Once I got comfortable in what we were doing, things got a lot easier for me,” Lipan’s rangy forward said. “(I was) feeling more confident when I drove and shot.”

The power combination of the Branson and Lott were no match for the Lady Cats’ defense.  

“Taylor (Branson) and Chelsea (Lott) both shot well in the first half,” Lipan head coach Amber Branson said. “That was the difference maker in the game.”

The Lady Indians swung the basketball quicker than the De Leon defense could catch up, finding Lott in positions to attack the basket. It also left Branson open and get open looks at the hoop.

“We talked about that in a couple of timeouts,” the young Lipan floor general, Branson, said. “They just got it to me when I was open.”  

Lott finished the night with 20 points. Trinity Benitez chipped in 8 and Hannah Gaylor dropped 7.

 “De Leon is always a tough place to play,” coach Branson said. “They have great athletes, and have some size.”

Of course, the banishment of their effort against San Saba came as an added bonus.

“I am really glad that we won and got back into the groove of things,” Lott said.

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