Going up against a larger Tioga team, Leesville could not keep the Indians off the boards Tuesday night.
The Wampus Cats kept it close early, but Tioga caused too many problems inside as Leesville fell 70-46 in its Senior Night.
"We started off the game with a lot of intensity and got up on them." Leesville head coach Troy Grigg said. "Then we quit doing some little things like rebounding and blocking out. When you are outsized and don't block out, they're going to get two or three shots. On the offensive end, we are only getting one shot because we're not going to boards very well."
The Wampus Cats (19-11) and Indians combined to hit nine 3-pointers in the first quarter and went into the second period tied at 19.
"It came within the offense, which wasn't an offense because we didn't run an offense," Grigg said. "We had shooters open and went on some streaks. We had some good looks at that time. We got open at the time because we moved and got open. When that happens, you can knock shots down. When you don't like me did in the latter half the first half and the second half, we can't get good looks."
In the second quarter, Tioga went on a 15-2 run to end the half to make it 42-27 at the break.
Tioga (21-10, 6-1) got the lead to 20 with a layup by Dustin Roy with 3:29 left in the quarter and led 54-33 at the end of the period.
"We had great energy in the second half," Grigg said. "The kids played hard, but we were outmanned and outsized. A lot of the times, we weren't quick to the ball."
Tioga outscored Leesville 16-13 in the finial quarter to seal the win.
Seginald Bryant led Leesville with 17 points, and Cody Thomas and Kobe Joiner each scored six in the loss.
Although it was Senior Night for four Leesville players, Grigg, in his second year as head coach, knows they still have work to do to compete in the playoffs and beyond.
"I've seen a lot of progression this year and a lot of growing by some kids," he said. "We have to come together as a team, and it's hard to come together within one year with a new structure and discipline and get kids out of ways they had been playing. It's been a good year. It's been an exciting year. It's also been a tough year because we have had adversity. I'm trying to teach these kids to overcome adversity and not only to be productive in basketball, but to be productive young men in society. That's our ultimate goal."