|Tipp cruises at the Lake|
|Written by Jim Dabbelt|
|Tuesday, 24 December 2013 00:00|
The last thing most people do when they make a trip to Indian Lake is to think about business.
The Tippecanoe girls’ basketball team was just the opposite on their recent visit to the Logan County school. They took care of business.
After jumping out to a huge run to start the game, the Lady Red Devils won their sixth game in a row last week, dismantling the Lakers 64-40 in a crossover Central Buckeye League contest.
“We talked about that being a long trip, and we wanted to just play our game,” Tippecanoe coach Aaron Jackson said. “We needed to start fast. The good thing is that it wasn’t a Saturday, so the kids were in their typical routine of going to school all day then to the game.”
Tippecanoe started fast, exploding out to a 19-7 lead after the first quarter, despite leading scorer Carly Clodfelter picking up her second foul of the game in the opening three minutes.
“She picked up those early fouls, but Halee really stepped up her game against the zone,” Jackson said. “We saw the 2-3 and 1-2-2 zone, they kept switching on us. We had several tapes of them and they didn’t play zone at all, then they play us and sit in a zone for three quarters.”
Printz, who led Tippecanoe with a game-high 21 points, delivered for the Red Devils in the opening period. She connected on three-pointers on three different occasions, giving Tipp their lead.
Defensively in the first half, Tipp only gave up four field goals, but what concerned Jackson were free throws.
“We kept sending them to the line,” he said. Tipp held a 32-17 lead at the half.
Clodfelter picked up her offense in the second half, as the Red Devils didn’t let them back in in the game. The Tipp sophomore scored 13 of her 17 in the final 16 minutes of the game, and the Red Devils defense kept the pressure up on the Lakers.
“She attacked the basket and got to the line,” Jackson said, as Clodfelter was 8-10 from the free throw line in the second half.
“We didn’t let them back in the game,” he added. “It was a fun game to watch, a fast-paced uptempo style game.”
Two other players nearly reached double figures, as sophomores Aubrey Cox and Cassidy Wasson each scored nine.
“Aubrey did a good job on the boards tonight, and got some good looks at the basket,” Jackson said. “Cassidy hit a big reversal three against their zone in the second half.”
He also praised seniors Chelsea Clawson, who added six points, along with McKensie Logan, who was part of the guard trio that pressured the Lakers point guard all night.
“When we rotated Chelsea, McKensie and Cassidy on their point guard, we wore her out,” Jackson said.
* The first third of the season is over, and with a 6-1 record, Jackson feels good about the progress of this team.
“Like everyone else, we have some fine tuning to do,” he said. “Defensively, are getting where we need to be. We aren’t peaking yet, and we don’t want to do that until tournament time. The kids are still defining their roles.”
“We have played a tough first-third of our schedule, and we have some tough games ahead.”
* Tipp returns to the court on Monday hosting Troy at 7:30, then travels to Kenton Ridge on January 4 for a showdown with league co-leader and 7-1 Kenton Ridge.