Before the 2018-19 season began, there were some who predicted the Plainview Lady Indians would struggle under first year coach Chad Walker, and be lucky to win 10 or more games.

Before the 2018-19 season began, there were some who predicted the Plainview Lady Indians would struggle under first year coach Chad Walker, and be lucky to win 10 or more games.

Saturday night the No. 17 Lady Indians showed why basketball is played on a court and not on paper.

Nine players scored for Plainview as the Lady Indians cruised to a 57-39 victory over McLoud, claiming the district championship at the Plainview Activity Center.

With the win, Plainview moves to 18-5 on the season.

Next up for the Lady Indians will be a regional winners bracket game against No. 15 Bishop McGuinness Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at McLoud High School.

Despite the victory, Walker said after the game that he’s not satisfied with just winning district, and he wants his players to have the same mentality.

“We need to develop a different mindset,” he said. “At this time of the season you have everyone gunning for you and we need to step up to different challenges which are set in front of us. I’ve got a ton of great shooters on the bench and on the floor. We need to make sure defenses are worried about 3-4 players and not just one out there.”

McLoud certainly didn’t follow the script in the first quarter as the Lady Redskins led 5-3 at the 2:45 mark of the first quarter.

However, Plainview finished the opening frame strong with a 6-4 run to lead 9-5 going to the second.

The momentum continued for Plainview in the second as the Lady Indians opened the frame with a 5-0 run to lead 14-5 at the 6:50 mark before halftime.

But the Lady Redskins refused to go away quietly.

With the Lady Indians leading 22-13 at the 2:05 mark before halftime, McLoud nailed back-to-back three point shots to cut the lead to just five points going into the break at 24-19. 

Normal service was resumed though to start the second half as Plainview held McLoud to just six points in the third quarter while scoring 17 of its own.

The Lady Indians finished the game with a 16-14 run in the fourth quarter.

Amiya Howard led Plainview with 12 points followed by Anna Simmons with eight points.

Megan Winchester put in seven points along with Emilie Hudson.

Reagan Chaney and Peyton Jones each scored six points apiece with Tally Morris adding five points.