The Stephens County Indian and Lady Indian basketball teams fashioned a split in the region-opening doubleheader at Lanier High School on Tuesday evening.
The Lady Indians picked up their second win in a row with a 36-32 win over the Lady Longhorns in the first game. Stephens County trailed at the end of the first period, but took the lead in the second and never looked back. Ten Lady Indians scored in the game with the leaders being Charity Major’s 7 points and Keocia Walker’s 6 points. The Lady Indians improved to 4-12 overall and 1-0 in region play.
The nightcap saw a close, exciting game as the Indian boys fell just short, losing to Lanier 52-51 in overtime. The Indians took the lead multiple times in the second half after trailing 30-22 at halftime. Also, Stephens County had a chance to win or tie with 1.2 seconds lift in overtime, but missed two free throws to seal the deal for Lanier. Tomas Colbert led all scorers with 21 points, while Fred Smith added 11 points. Jordan Harper hit four three-pointers and led Lanier with 16 points. The Indian boys fall to 11-5 overall and 0-1 in region play.
The Indians and Lady Indians return to action Friday at the Currahee Arena as they host Johnson High of Gainesville. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. with airtime set for 6:45 p.m. on AM 630 WNEG and wnegradio.com.