The Tecumseh Lady Braves took their fourth sectional title with a win over Springs Valley.

The girls basketball team defeated Springs Valley 71-57 on Saturday to take their fourth ever sectional title. The last time the Lady Braves touted the title was in 2012 after also taking the title in 2011.

Tecumseh started the tournament with a first round bye in the sectional hosted at Springs Valley and took on Cannelton in semi-final competition on Friday. The Braves came out strong against the Bulldogs ending the first quarter up 27-2.

The Lady Braves continued to battle and held Cannelton to only eight points in the first half. Ultimately, Tecumseh took the win over the Bulldogs to advance to the sectional final, 63-32.

Meanwhile, Springs Valley paved their way by first taking down Wood Memorial in the first round on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 50-37. On Friday, Springs Valley narrowly avoided being knocked out by taking down Northeast Dubois in the semifinal, 34-32.

The Braves and the Blackhawks met up in the championship on Saturday with Springs Valley carrying a home court advantage. Tecumseh fought through the first quarter and took an early lead over the Blackhawks ending the first ahead, 15-12.

Throughout the second quarter the Braves

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and the Blackhawks traded the lead. With less than a minute left in the first half, the Blackhawks grabbed two to extend their lead to 30-26, but it was answered by junior Layne Pemberton with a three. The Braves didn't take the lead, but went to the locker room down by one, 30-29.

When the Lady Braves came out of the locker room, they came out ready to take the lead and keep it. The lead went back and forth in the third quarter until junior Chloe Holder took two free throws to even up the game at 35.

Then, senior Olivia Rudolphi took a basket followed by another two points from Rudolphi giving the Lady Braves a four point lead. Springs Valley tried to battle back with two of their own, but Tecumseh was on a roll.

Ultimately, Tecumseh outscored Springs Valley in the third quarter, 21-10, for a lead at the end of the third, 50-40. The Blackhawks didn't back down, but the Braves were still hungry. Tecumseh came out with the win, 71-57.

Now, Tecumseh will be back at Springs Valley on Saturday in the first round of regional competition at 11 a.m. to take on West Washington for the opportunity to advance to the regional final Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

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