The lady Indian basketball team traveled to Pratt to play the Greenbacks on Jan. 7. This was the first road trip of the season for the Indians, and they picked up their first road loss of the year.
The game started off rocky for the Indians, as the Greenbacks started the game with an 8-0 run in the first five minutes, and then expanded their lead to 12-2 before the Indians had a 9-2 run to close the gap to 14-11 with a minute before the end of the first quarter.
The Greenbacks started the second quarter off strong, having a 10-1 run that left the Indians behind, 24-12, with about six minutes left in the second quarter.
The Indians were able to slow down the Greenbacks, keeping the score at 26-19 in favor of the Greenbacks going into halftime.
The third quarter started well for the Indians with an 8-0 run, which gave them their first lead of the game. They scored a total of 11 points in the third quarter, with junior Maia Lummus hitting a three-pointer to tie the game at 30, going into the fourth quarter.
Lummus made another three three-pointers in the fourth quarter, which made the score 41-39 with around three and a half minutes left. Then sophomore Aleyia Ruder scored eight points in the fourth quarter.
Ruder’s last points brought the Indians to a 49-47 lead, which would be their last lead of the night. Pratt went on to have a 6-1 run.
The Indians had a final chance to tie the game, with two free throws. One of the two was made, which left the Indians to fall, 53-50.
Ruder had 16 points in this game, and Lummus scored 12, which were both career highs.
The lady Indians now have a record of 1-4 and will play at home on Jan. 10 against Liberal.