TISHOMINGO — The Plainview Lady Indians got their Lake Country Conference season off to a good start Tuesday night as they traveled to Tishomingo and captured a 57-40 victory over the Tishomingo Lady Indians at the Tishomingo high school gym.

Plainview (9-1 overall and 1-0 in LCC play) and ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, used its smothering defense throughout the game to create turnovers and ultimately turn those miscues into easy transition buckets. Tishomingo came out strong and led 8-4 after the first three minutes. But Plainview finished the first period strong and assumed a 16-11 lead heading to the second frame. Plainview never trailed.

Plainview’s defense tightened big time in the second period. They forced 11 first half turnovers by Tishomingo and forced ill-advised shots by the home team. By halftime Plainview had widened their advantage to 30-16.

“I thought Tishomingo came out strong in the first period and gave us their best shot,” Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth said. “We didn’t panic and rallied back to take the lead. We played very strong in the second period, and our defense started to create some good scoring opportunities for us.

“Our goal was to hold Tishomingo to five or less three-point goals, because we knew that was one of their strong points,” Bloodworth said. “They hit five, and I was pleased with that total. Plus we did a good job of battling for the long rebounds that came with those misses. They made another run at us late, but we closed things out strong. That’s always the way you hope things will happen.”

Tishomingo (4-2,0-1) fell behind by as many as 19 points midway through the third, But they managed to trim the Plainview lead back to 12 heading to the final eight minutes.

“Plainview is tough to play because they have so many people that can score,” Tishomingo coach Boyd Houser said. “They mix up their defense with the zone and man, and that creates problems, especially with a younger team like we have.”

Megan Shelton led the way for Plainview with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Abby Billsbury had 10 points and five boards.

Tishomingo was paced by Shelby Smith’s 12 points with Taylor Wilkinson chipping in 11 points.