Tipp, Carroll girls earn sectional titles

Tippecanoe junior guard Alison Mader dribbles with pressure from Trotwood’s Essence Thorton during a Division II sectional final on Saturday at Tecumseh. BRYANT BILLING / CONTRIBUTED
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Tippecanoe junior guard Alison Mader dribbles with pressure from Trotwood’s Essence Thorton during a Division II sectional final on Saturday at Tecumseh. BRYANT BILLING / CONTRIBUTED

Tippecanoe earned a narrow regular-season win over Trotwood-Madison and knew a rematch in a Division II sectional final on Saturday would be difficult.

But the Red Devils worked against Trotwood’s defensive pressure and got going in the second half. A big scoring run in the third quarter helped jumpstart a 50-43 win for Tippecanoe, which earned a spot in the district finals Friday at Mason.

Tipp beat Trotwood 35-32 in a GWOC crossover game on Jan. 21, and Tippecanoe coach Andy Holderman said the team knew it would be a defensive struggle Saturday.

“Everybody makes adjustments when you play a second time, and with the way they play defense and rebound the basketball, we knew it’d be key to match that,” Holderman said.

Tippecanoe took control with a 9-0 run in the third quarter. Trotwood led 24-21 early in the third, but Taylor Prall hit a 3-pointer with 4:50 left to tie and Alison Mader followed 30 seconds later with her only field goal to give Tipp the lead. Cali Stewart then hit back-to-back baskets with about two minutes left to cap the run and increase the lead to 30-24.

“They were trying to speed us up, so I told the girls at halftime that we needed to slow down and make smart shots,” Holderman said. “We have three or four options within the offense depending on what a player can and can’t do, and we tend to get stuck on the first option. So we told them to look for the third or fourth option.”

Stewart added another two baskets in the final two minutes of the quarter to help boost the lead to 36-26. The Rams got as close as six points in the fourth quarter, but Tippecanoe buckled down on defense and prevented it from getting closer.

Stewart led Tippecanoe with 19 points and five rebounds. The Red Devils (22-3) advance to the districts for the fourth consecutive season and will face Bellbrook. Bellbrook’s entire team was on hand to watch Tippecanoe’s win on Saturday.

Trotwood finishes the season with a 19-6 record.

Carroll 61, Kenton Ridge 51: Carroll overcame a third-quarter deficit and fended off a comeback in the final minutes to earn a 61-51 win over Kenton Ridge in the second sectional final at Tecumseh.

Kenton Ridge took the lead late in the third quarter, but Amanda Schroeder hit two free throws with 2.3 seconds left to give Carroll a 45-43 lead. Schroeder, who led the Patriots with 25 points and eight rebounds, also hit two key late baskets to help extend the lead to double digits.

Carroll (21-4) will face Mariemont on Friday at Mason in a district final. Kenton Ridge had won seven consecutive sectional titles before Saturday and finishes with a 16-9 record.

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