Tippecanoe girls hold off Troy rally


TIPP CITY — The game had a little bit of everything when Miami County girls basketball rivals Tippecanoe and Troy got together Wednesday night.

Troy junior Macie Taylor (see accompanying story) scored her 1,000th point, Tippecanoe got off to its usual fast start, Troy came roaring back and the Red Devils regained momentum to stay unbeaten with a 57-45 victory to improve to 15-0.

Troy dropped to 12-6 with the loss.

And it was with a start Tipp opponents have seen too often this season.

The Red Devils have outscored opponents 257-85 in the opening quarter, scoring 17 or more points 10 times.

With Ashleigh Mader scoring eight points and Kenna Smith adding five, Tipp led 20-11 after the opening quarter.

“They come out on fire,” Troy coach Jeremy Hughes said. “They score between 18 and 24 points in the first quarter almost every game.”

Tipp coach Christina Pentaudi is well aware of the trend.

“I think we scored 20 points tonight (in the first quarter),” Pentaudi said. “The first quarter is often our best quarter.”

The trend Pentaudi doesn’t like is what happens after the halftime break.

Troy was trailing 29-17 at the break, but outscored Tipp 9-1 in the first 7:30 of the third quarter.

“That is something that seems to happen a lot,” Pentaudi said. “I think we struggle a little bit and get a little rattled.”

Four points by Elise McCann, a three by Makenzee Maschino and a basket by Brynn Siler had Troy back within 30-26.

But, Rachel Wildermuth hit a jumper with 23 seconds to go in the quarter and Smith hit a bomb from 3-point range at the buzzer and it was 35-26 going to the fourth quarter.

“That was (big),” Pentaudi said. “I think it settled us down. We just have to find a way to play the way we do in the first quarter for the entire game.”

McCann scored seven more points in the fourth quarter after not starting, but Troy couldn’t catch up.

“She (Elise McCann) didn’t start and she played the game of her life so far,” Hughes said about the sophomore. “Jovie Studebaker started tonight and did a great job. I feel like we played better against them (Tippecanoe) then we did the first time.”

Mader led a balanced Tipp attack with 14 points.

Rachel Underwood had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Smith scored 12 points.

Katie Hemmelgarn grabbed nine rebounds.

McCann and Macie Taylor both finished with 11 points for Troy, with Taylor also grabbing 12 rebounds and recording three steals.

Maschino added five rebounds and Studebaker had three steals.

Tipp was 16 of 43 from the floor for 37 percent and nine of 15 from the line for 60 percent.

Troy was 14 of 47 from the floor for 30 percent and six of 12 from the line for 50 percent.

Tipp won the battle of the boards 30-27 and had 14 turnovers to Troy’s 17.

Both teams will be in action Saturday.

Troy will host Northmont, while Tipp will entertain Sidney — and be looking for another fast start.

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