There are games on the schedule that a team knows are ones they must win. The Tippecanoe girls’ basketball team had two of them last week leading up their run at winning their first ever GWOC league championship.

With two of the Fairborn key players out for the game, the Red Devils jumped on them early, building a 23-point halftime lead, and cruising to a 61-21 win over the Skyhawks in their only home game of the week.

Also last week, the Red Devils won a crucial divisional game on the road, knocking off Piqua 63-32 to run their record in the GWOC North to 7-0, and 10-2 overall. They still hold a slim one-game lead over second place Sidney in the division.

After a slow start for both teams that saw the game tied 2-2 four minutes into the game, the Red Devils finally started to build their lead on the Skyhawks. Cali Stewart started the run with a long three, then when Allison Mader scored on consecutive layups, Tipp led 9-2 with 2:36 left in the opening period.

Mader took over the final minute of the quarter, as she scored six consecutive points to open the game to a 15-3 lead for the Red Devils after the opening period.

Things didn’t stop there for the Tipp junior. Mader opened the second half with consecutive three’s giving her 12 straight points in essentially two minutes of action, and the Red Devils were in control of this game at 21-3.

Tipp senior Taylor Prall also got into the act on the scoring end with three shots beyond the arc in the second period, and another from Brooke Aselage, meaning the Red Devils pulled off a unique feat, scoring all 18 points in the quarter on six three-pointers. Tipp was in command at the half 33-10.

Tipp came back out and put their foot on the pedal to open the third period, scoring the first six points to take their lead to 39-10, then put the final stamp on this game with a 12-0 run to end the third period to lead the way to the win.

After connecting on 12 three-point shots on the night, the Red Devils showed their command the entire night. Mader led with 22, Prall added nine, Aselage with seven, Stewart had six.

*Also last week, Tipp cruised past Piqua behind 18 from Stewart, 14 from Mader, ten each from Prall and Aselage.

The Red Devils travel to Stebbins tonight and host Trotwood Madison on Saturday before heading to battle the Carroll Patriots, who were ranked atop the state’s Division Two poll last week.