TIPP CITY — It was another big win for the Troy girls basketball team in a three-game stretch that included victories over Butler and Sidney.
And for Tippecanoe, it was continued growth for a team that was young in playing experience coming into the season.
The Trojans recorded their first win over the Red Devils since Dec. 29, 2011 — a stretch that inlcuded 14 straight losses — with a 60-52 win Wednesday night at Tippecanoe High School.
The win game Troy — 6-4 overall and 6-1 in the MVL — a two-game lead in the Miami Division and with Sidney’s win over West Carrollton Wednesday, leaves those three teams tied overall with one loss each.
“Absolutely (beating Tippecanoe was a mental hurdle to overcome),” Troy coach Jeremy Hughes said. “We came in here last year and played so hard and just came up a little bit short. We just had a lot of people contributing tonight.”
For Tippecanoe coach Christina Pentaudi, she knows it is just a matter of time before the Red Devils break through with some big wins.
The Red Devils are now 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the MVL.
“That’s what the coaches were talking about,” she said. “We are right on the cusp. That (just getting some big wins to gain confidence) is exactly what it is. The kids are working really hard and they showed so much grit tonight.”
Troy led 13-5, 25-20 and 40-29 at the quarter breaks, but Tippecanoe would continue to battle back throughout the game.
“I think we would just lose our discipline (on defense) at times,” Hughes said. “And we would have stretches where we didn’t score.”
Makenzie Chinn would spark Tippecanoe in the second quarter, scoring six points to get Tipp within 15-14 before going to the bench with three fouls.
It was as close as Tipp would ever get as Troy would have six of the eight girls who played score between six and 11 points.
“It was such a great team effort,” Hughes said. “Those games where Macie (Taylor) were out (the first five games when Troy wen 1-4) — the fruit is bearing from that (the other players benefited, playing bigger roles).”
When Makenzie Maschino scored on a basket and Jovie Studebaker followed it with a 3-point play, Troy led 47-31 early in the fourth quarter.
“Jovie Studebaker just played a great game,” Hughes said. “She never stopped attacking on offense. She did a great job on defense and on the boards. It was great to see Brynn Siler get her offense going. Kiyah Baker only played five minutes the last game, but came in and did a great job tonight.”
Still, Hughes was taking nothing for granted.
“I was feeling that (Troy was in great position), but at the same time, I knew who we were playing and what they could do,” he said.
Tippecanoe did exactly that.
All three Red Devil field goals in the fourth quarter were 3-pointers, with one by Elizabeth Stallard providing the final margin.
Ashley Aselage made three 3-pointers in the final eight points and scored 12 points in the fourth quarter.
“That is who Ashley (Aselage) is,” Pentaudi said. “It is her senior year. She is willing to do whatever she has to do to help the team.”
Taylor had 11 points, six rebounds fand five assists for the Trojans.
Studebaker scored nine points and Baker and Siler both scored eight.
Madalynn Hughes had seven points, Maschino scored six points and Morgan Kaiser pulled down five rebounds.
Amyannah Tucker had six assists.
Aselage led Tipp with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Chinn scored 11 points, Olivia Spiller had eight points and five rebounds and Samantha Wall had six points and five rebounds.
Troy was 21 of 47 from the floor for 45 percent and 16 of 26 from the line for 62 percent.
Tipp was 16 of 45 from the floor for 36 percent and 13 of 18 from the line for 72 percent.
Troy won the battle of the boards 26-22 and had 11 turnovers to Tippecanoe’s 13.
Troy will be back in action Wednesday at Stebbins, while Tipp plays Sidney on the same might.
After a game where there were positives on both sides.