TISHOMINGO — The Tishomingo Indians put five players in double figures and broke open a close game at the half to pull away for a 63-52 victory over the Plainview Indians Tuesday night in an important Lake Country Conference game played at the Tishomingo high school gym.
The teams were knotted at 13-all after the first period and 27-all at intermission. But Tishomingo had a solid third period, especially with the strength of its inside shooting game, to gain a 43-37 lead heading to the fourth.
Parker Cramer had 14 points to lead the Tishomingo scoring, and Devin Dickerson had 12 points and six rebounds. Alex Patton, Rilee Baker and Spencer Upton all finished with 10 points for the home squad.
“I was a bit disappointed with our shooting from the floor and from the line tonight,” Tishomingo coach Don Tidwell said. “We have been shooting the ball better than that, and I felt like we missed a lot of key scoring opportunities.
“One thing I am pleased with is that we are playing better overall as a team right now,” Tidwell said. “Being able to put five people in double figures says a lot about the unselfish nature of this team. Plus it keeps the other team from keying on certain people. We have a lot of respect for Plainview and their tradition. So any time we can get a win over them, it is big for us.”
Tishomingo (4-2 overall, 1-0 in LCC play) outscored Plainview 16-10 in the third period and assumed a 43-37 lead heading to the fourth.
“We had way too many turnovers tonight to stay in the game,” Plainview coach Chris Ryan said. “We have to take better care of the basketball and not give our opponents extra scoring chances.
“We did not box out very well underneath the goal either, and they took advantage of that. We have to work on these key areas right away, because we have a quick turnaround for the Kingston tournament this Thursday.”
Plainview (3-5,0-1) committed 18 turnovers to just 10 for Tishomingo.
Although Tishomingo had only a 28-27 rebounding edge, and both teams picked up nine offensive boards, Tishomingo outscored Plainview 11-4 in second-chance points. Also, Tishomingo was 10 of 22 at the line to just 5 of 11 by Plainview.
Tyler Yakubckick led the way in scoring for Plainview with 15 points. Jordan Jones had 14 points, and Caleb Hunter chipped in 12 points.
Both Tishomingo and Plainview will play in the Kingston New Year’s Classic, which starts Thursday.