For the first few minutes, the Tippecanoe girls’ basketball team was struggling to get their offense going against their county rivals from Miami East. Once they started to get things on track, the Red Devils began to build their lead, leading them to a comfortable 53-22 rout of the Vikings in their home opener last week.

The Red Devils built a 15-6 lead after the opening period, and using solid defense and better ball movement on offense, Tipp took their lead out to 29-15 at the half.

Taylor Prall and Allison Mader set the tone for the Red Devils each scoring 16 points, while Chloe Schretzman added eight and Isabel Crow scored seven.

The Red Devils also took advantage of the Vikings top player Morgan Haney, a Division One basketball prospect, missing the season due to an ACL injury suffered last month. Tipp’s defense held the Vikings to 22 points with nobody scoring more than four.

Both teams battled early, as the Vikings stayed right with Tipp, as both teams tried to establish the momentum. With the game tied at six with 3:47 left in the opening period, Tipp then took control for the remainder of the period.

Chloe Schretzman scored in the paint to give Tipp the lead, then Mader and Prall controlled the scoring as Maker scored five points in a 30 second span, and when Prall connected on a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left, Tipp ended the quarter with a 9-0 run, and led 15-6.

The Red Devils continued to pressure the Vikings, building their lead in the second period.

Prall scored six points and Mader added another three and with 2:40 left in the half, the Red Devils had taken a 24-11 lead.

The final minutes of the half saw Miami East close to within 11, but Mader connected on a pair of free throws, and Brooke Aselage hit a free throw to extend the Tipp lead to 29-15 at the half.

In the second half, the
Vikings struggled to get any offense going, only scoring seven points in the final two quarters while Tipp continued to build their lead.

Isabel Crow shined in the fourth quarter off the bench for Tippecanoe, as she scored five of her seven points in the final eight minutes.

The Red Devils are back in action hosting Sidney tonight, then heads to Piqua on Saturday night, both are 7:30 starts.

*The Tippecanoe boys’ basketball team opened their season last night against Versailles. They return to action on Friday night at Sidney, then host Piqua next Tuesday.