From staff reports
FAIRMOUNT — Tipton’s girls basketball squad held Alexandria scoreless in the third quarter of Tuesday’s matchup in the Class 2A Madison-Grant Sectional opener before cruising to a 59-40 victory over the Tigers.
Juniors Kacie Juday and Lela Crawford led the Blue Devils’ victory charge. Juday finished the night with a superb stat line of 22 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Crawford added 15 points and 11 boards. Freshman Macie Lively chipped in 13 points to the victory cause.
Tipton (12-9) held a two-point lead over Alex at the first stop, 17-15, before stretching out its lead to 39-25 by halftime.
“Early it was a feeling-out process and we gave up more points that we’d like to, but the end result of the first quarter wore Alexandria down,” Tipton coach Nick Comer said. “In the second quarter we were able to get in the lane without them playing help defense. Defensively, our effort early in the game of wearing on them started to show in the middle quarters.”
The Blue Devils erupted out of the half with a 22-0 run that spanned the entire third quarter to build a 32-point lead at 57-25.
“We did a really good job of sharing the ball,” Comer said. “We had 12 assists on 24 field goals, which is a pretty good number for us. Offensively, we did a good job of getting the ball where we wanted to be.
“Their fatigue really started to show in the third quarter. We were flying around creating deflections and steals which led to scores for us in the open floor. I attribute that to the job we did in the first half of keeping them off balance and wearing them down. We’re happy to get out and play Taylor of Friday.
Shanna Kelly led Alexandria (6-16) with 17 points, hitting three 3-pointers for the Tigers. Paxton Quinn added 10 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
In the opening round Tuesday night, Elwood defeated the host Argylls 42-37 to advance. The Panthers (17-5) will face No. 6-ranked Eastern (17-3) in Friday’s first semifinal at 6 p.m.
Tipton will take on Taylor (7-14) in the second semifinal later that night. The Blue Devils defeated the Titans 60-45 in the teams’ regular season matchup on Nov. 28 at Tipton.