Adding another trophy

Evan Grice
Members of the Plainview Lady Indians basketball team pose together after winning the Longhorn Invitational tournament Saturday night against Cache at the Gary Scott Center in Lone Grove.

LONE GROVE — Plainview’s Reagan Chaney isn’t hard to miss on the court as she wears No. 1.

Saturday night, she wasn’t just wearing No. 1, she was scoring like it as well.

Chaney scored a team-high 22 points for the No. 19 Lady Indians, as Plainview claimed the championship at the Longhorn Invitational tournament in Lone Grove for the second straight season with a 67-58 victory over the Cache Lady Bulldogs at the Gary Scott Center.

The victory is the fourth in a row for the Lady Indians, and caps off a perfect week which began in Durant and was finished with three solid victories over the course of three days.

“We were all here watching Cache Friday night as they played Lone Grove,” Plainview coach Chad Walker said. “I knew it was going to be tough, but our girls stepped up. They were very physical with us out there. Tally Morris and Taylor Barnes both stepped up when we needed them to off the bench tonight.”

“Taylor is extremely important because she has to know every position on the floor,” Walker said. “She doesn’t show up on the stat sheet very often but she does contribute a lot of intelligence, and gives people a break when we need it. Amiya (Howard). Emilee (Hudson), Reagan (Chaney) and Peyton Jones all shot the ball well tonight. This is a good win for these girls.”

It took a little bit for the Lady Indians to get their groove on offense, as Cache jumped out to a 6-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.

Plainview got to within three points at 6-3 at the 5:17 mark, but Cache kept the Lady Indians at bay the rest of the quarter, eventually building a 17-11 advantage going to the second.

Before halftime, Plainview turned up the pressure on both ends as they tied the game at 17-17 at the 5:17 mark of the second.

Plainview’s persistence was eventually rewarded with just over three minutes left in the first half as the Lady Indians took the lead at 23-22, eventually leading to a 28-23 halftime lead.

But the Lady Bulldogs came out of the break strong, regaining the lead less than three minutes into the third at 32-31.

Turn about was fair play however, as Plainview regained the lead just 11 seconds later and would never trail the rest of the way.

After the third quarter the Lady Indians led 43-36.

Cache could only get as close as four points the rest of the way as the Lady Indians moved to 8-2 on the season.

“All the girls have stepped up their game these last few days,” Walker said. “We put a big focus on improving our shooting and fixing the things that we needed to fix. We weren’t the best at the free throw line tonight, but our outside shooting was very good.”

“The girls in that locker room are fully dedicated right now,” Walker added. “All of them believe in the goals we have set, and they believe we can accomplish them.”

Emilee Hudson scored 17 points followed by Peyton Jones with 11 points. Amiya Howard had nine points, with Tally Morris scoring six points, and Megan Winchester adding two points.

Plainview is at Madill Tuesday night beginning at 6:30 p.m.