Tecumseh girls dominate Lincoln and Clinton

By: 
Mickey Alvarado

Olivia Mills (left) led Tecumseh to a win against visiting Lincoln with 16 points, four assists and six steals. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Good defense and solid rebounding helped Tecumseh’s varsity girls basketball team take control of the Indians’ home court on Friday, Jan. 15, against Ypsilanti Lincoln. Tecumseh dominated Lincoln beginning in the first quarter, outscoring the Railsplitters 18-6 and maintaining a lead throughout the Southeastern Conference (SEC) contest for a solid 57-41 victory.
 
Tecumseh junior point guard Olivia Mills set the tone of the game from the minute she stepped to the court, confidently bringing the ball up the hardwood and delivering it to the net or passing to an open teammate to help Tecumseh take a 12 point first quarter lead. Mills tagged a three pointer and one from the field for five first quarter points, dished the ball off for four assists and finished the night with six steals. She led all scorers with 16 total points.
 
Tecumseh freshman Abbie McDowell was hot on the shot for the Indians with 15 points on the night. She tagged a three-pointer and three points from the free throw line in the opening quarter while junior Page Otto connected from the field and hit two shots from the charity stripe in the opening quarter.
 
Tecumseh increased its lead to 10 points (33-23) by the end of the first half with solid shooting from the free throw line. Mills hit five-of-six free throw shots in the second quarter while three others, senior Morgan Skelton, McDowell and Megan Freitas each connected on one of two from the stripe to help increase the Indians lead. Six-of-seven Tecumseh players added points in the quarter with Otto and Albany LaGore each tagging one from the field and McDowell hitting a three pointer to round out the second quarter’s scoring.
 
Five Tecumseh players added 14 points to the Railsplitter’s 13 to close the third quarter with a 47-36 advantage.
 
Tecumseh doubled Lincoln’s scoring in the final quarter to secure the SEC win.
 
Lincoln’s offense was led by junior Tamera Burnett and Alex Glazier with 12 points each.
 
The Indians followed with a 63-29 win at Clinton in non-conference action on Tuesday.
 
Tecumseh finished the first quarter with a substantial, 21-5, lead and by the end of the second quarter had the game well in hand with a 38-13 advantage.
 
“We made some early mistakes that Tecumseh was able to capitalize on. The girls came out and played a great third quarter,” said Clinton coach Nito Ramos. Clinton outscored the Indians 13-12 in the third quarter.
 
Tecumseh (5-4, 1-3 SEC) limited the Redskins to just three points in the final frame while adding 13 points to secure the victory.
 
Makayla Thompson led Clinton (4-6, 4-2 TCC) with six points and four steals while Mackenzie Amsdill added four points and two rebounds.
 
McDowell led Tecumseh with 15 points, seven rebounds and four steals while Mills added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists. LaGore added nine points while Otto and Freitas each added eight.
 
Tecumseh hosts Adrian for its next competition on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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