Juniors Presley Griffitts and Corinne Thomas put on quite a show for the Tecumseh girls’ basketball team on Saturday, as the Arrows opened their season with a trip to Cincinnati to compete in the Journey to the Tourney. Unfortunately the Arrows offense struggled to get any additional help as the Arrows lost to Summit Country Day 56-53.
Griffitts, headed to Bowling Green scored a game high 26 points while Thomas, still undecided on her college added 21 but the Arrows could only muster one other made field goal from Macy Berner as the Arrows lost a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter and fell to 0-1 on the season.
It was a slow start for the Arrows, as SCD bolted out to a 10-4 lead five minutes into the game. Still trailing by six with just over two minutes left in the opening period, Tecumseh put together an 8-0 run in just over a minute including threes from Thomas and Griffitts, and the Arrows just that quickly led 14-12.
For most of the second quarter, the Arrows were playing catch up. Griffitts scored twice to cut their deficit to 19-18 with 5:39 left in the half, but SCD answered quickly with a three-point play from Kiana Allen and ensuing layup by Alea Harris, pushing their lead back out to 24-18 midway through the period.
The Arrows finally took the lead when Griffitts picked up a steal and layup, followed by a pair of free throws from Thomas and Tecumseh led 25-24 in the final 1:30.
Thomas came up big to end the half when she buried a three at the buzzer to give the Arrows a 28-26 lead headed into the intermission.
Just like she ended the first half with a three, Thomas opened the third period with another trifecta, pushing the Arrows lead to the largest at that point 31-26. A big three from Rachel Martin and Allen jep the gap close, but Griffitts hit a pull-up jumper, and Thomas buried another three with 3:31 left in the period to give the Arrows a 38-32 lead.
SCD tied the game at 39 late in the period, but Griffitts ended the quarter with a 5-0 run in the final 40 seconds to give Tecumseh a 44-39 lead headed to the fourth.
Tecumseh held their last lead at 48-46 with three minutes left, but could never recover once SCD took the lead again.
Tecumseh returns to action tonight hosting Butler in their home opener, then heads to Kentucky on Saturday to battle Conner High School at 3:40.