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Young Lady Savages Lose In First Round Of Area


March 12, 2020

Countywide and Sun/Jacob Factor

The Lady Savages ended a 13-year drought by making it to the 4A Area Tournament this year.

The Tecumseh Lady Savages' successful basketball season ended in the Area Tournament last Thursday at Washington. After winning the Regional Tournament Consolation finals, the Lady Savages ran into a buzz saw called Bishop McGuinness in Area.

The Lady Irish came into the game as the number 12 team in Class 4A with a 20-5 record. The youthful Lady Savages fought hard the entire way and gained a lot of experience in the 76-42 loss. Tecumseh finishes the season with a very respectable 16-12 record and every starter set to return next season.

The Lady Savages continued to have turnover problems and had trouble finding the bucket, especially from long range. The T-Town ladies had to depend on free throws for almost half of their points as they were 72 percent from the charity stripe. The Lady Savages shot 31 percent from the field, including a 0-for-11 from beyond the arc.

Tecumseh was down 19-10 after the first quarter and stayed within striking range at halftime as they were behind 32-15. The third quarter spelled doom for the Lady Savages as the Lady Irish defense kept them gaining any ground as Tecumseh was down 57-27 heading to the fourth quarter. The Lady Savages have no quit in them, but the game was basically over with a 30-point deficit as both teams eventually emptied their bench.

Kenzli Warden led the Lady Savages with 12 points in the loss. Katelyn LaFrance had nine points while Schantel Evans tossed in eight. Marissa Gouge finished with five points while Taylor Mansell had three points.

Tawny Billy and Baylee Crawford each added two points to the total while Sadie Boatman had one. The Lady Savages were out-rebounded 30-22 in the loss with Mansell leading the Lady Savages on the boards with six rebounds. Warden pulled down five rebounds while LaFrance grabbed three and Evans and Gouge had two each.

"Season wise, there is only a couple of games we lost that I thought we should've one," said head coach Eldon Gentry II. "We may've been a broken nose (suffered by Billy) away from 20 wins. Billy was one of the only two players with significant playing time before this year and we lost her through several conference games.

"Most people think we overachieved this season by making it to the Area Tournament," said Gentry, "but we thought we would be pretty good this year. Making it to the 4A Area Tournament for the first time in 13 years is a pretty big deal. We had a very tough Area and we were in with ranked teams."

Young players getting loads of experience while winning games and making a playoff run appears to be a recipe for success in the future.

With the addition of more good, young players and the seasoning from this year, you probably want to mark next year's Lady Savages round ballers as must see.


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