After winning eight games in a row, the Tippecanoe girls’ basketball team headed south to battle their toughest battle to date, a road contest against one of the top Division One teams in the state.

Springboro came into the game with nine wins, and used a big second half to defeat the Red Devils 50-36, to run their record to 10-2 overall. With the loss, the Red Devils dropped to 8-2 on the season.

The Red Devils jumped out to an 8-4 lead as Aselage and Mader scored around the basket. Both teams ended the first quarter at 9-9.

Hayley Crouch and Diehl gave the Panthers a 14-9 lead early in the second period before Taylor Prall’s three ended the Panthers run. Springboro again put together a run to take a 19-12 lead with 5:10 left in the half.

Tipp’s defense held the Panthers to only one field goal over the final five minutes of the half, while they fought back into the game. Mader scored four points to make it a one possession game, and after a big Panthers three from Lewis to put their lead back to six, two free throws with 2:37 left in the half from Stewart made it a 22-18 game at the half.

The third period saw the Panthers take control of the game, after Aselage hit her second three of the period made it a 27-24 game with 5:23 left in the quarter. At that point, the Panthers ran off nine consecutive points to open a 36-24 lead before Stewart hit a three toward the end of the quarter.

Brooke Aselege led Tippecanoe with 12 points, while Cali Stewart and Allison Mader each added eight. Springboro was led by Kennedy Lewis with 11 points and Jordan Diehl added nine. The Panthers connected on eight three-point shots in the game.

Also last week, Tippecanoe built a 21-9 halftime lead before a dominant third period to defeat Xenia 52-15 in a crossover GWOC game.

Tipp used a 17-2 third period to put the game away, scoring more points in that period than the Buccs scored in the entire game.

Prall led the Red Devils with a game high 15 points to lead three players in double figures. Stewart added 13 points for Tipp and Aselage added 10. Mader missed the game with illness.

Stewart added seven assists while Claire Hinkle had four steals.

*Tippecanoe is back in action tonight as they host Fairborn tonight at 7:30 in their only game of the week.