Indians stifle Lingleville in district opener
The Lipan Indians put on a defensive clinic in their District 19-1A opener against the Lingleville Cardinals Thursday in a 99-28 win.
The Indians’ suffocating press forced Lingleville into turnover after turnover in the first quarter. The Cardinals won the tip, and then Lipan led 9-0 before Lingleville was able to get the ball across half court again.
When the dust settled after the first quarter, Lipan led 36-5. Layton Sharp had scored nine points and Josh Boucher and Luke Whitely each had six. The Indians rested their starters for much of the second quarter, but still held a 60-8 lead heading into halftime after Sharp hit a buzzer-beating three pointer.
Every basket the Indians scored in the third quarter came on layups, as Lipan deliberately worked the ball around to find an open man under the basket. The Indians weren’t pressing as hard, but still kept up the intensity in the half court defense and led 77-13 after three quarters.
When the fourth quarter started, Sharp reentered the game and began a quick barrage of three-pointers. The senior hit four threes in the span of 1:50, and after Jason Thigpen put the Indians up 99-24, Lipan sat on the ball and didn’t try to crack the century mark.
Sharp finished with a game-high 29 points. Boucher scored 18, Reynolds had 11 and Whitely added 10.
The Indians were 20-1 after Thursday’s game, which was originally scheduled to be played Wednesday. Lipan hosted Bluff Dale Friday night, and will play Rising Star at home Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.