When it comes to winning the Central Buckeye Conference’s Kenton Division in girls basketball, beating Tippecanoe is a must.
“There are certain games you have to get and this is one of those games,” Tecumseh senior Bianca Quisenberry said of beating the Red Devils, who have won a league title 13 of the past 14 seasons. “They’re one of the big dogs in the conference.”
On Saturday, though, it was the Red Devils who were trying to keep up with Quisenberry. The elusive guard scored a game-high 26 points on a variety of drives inside and quick-release jumpers to help Tecumseh beat Tipp 70-58. The win was the second straight for the Arrows over the Red Devils. Until then Tipp had won at least nine straight in the series.
“It’s another game down (in the league title chase) and we’ve only beat Tipp twice since forever,” Tecumseh coach Danielle Thomas said. “Absolutely we talked about that.”
Tecumseh (5-1, 2-0 CBC) used its up-tempo attack to take control with a 12-2 run to end the first quarter. The Arrows led by as many as 17 in the second as 5-foot-10 freshman forward Lindsey Nartker, seeing her first full game of varsity action, combined with Quisenberry to score 17 of the Arrows’ 20 points in the quarter.
Nartker finished with 17. Junior forward Mallory Rice added 11 as the Arrows also enjoyed an advantage inside against the scrappy Red Devils (2-3, 1-1 CBC).
“The first time we scouted Tecumseh she was on JV,” Tipp coach Aaron Jackson said of Nartker. “She wasn’t a surprise (Saturday) but she did play well and it kind of put a wrinkle on our game plan.”
Tipp, which trailed by 24 with 1:26 left in the third quarter, worked the lead down to 12 on Halee Printz’s 3-pointer at the buzzer. The sophomore forward led Tipp with 15 points. Senior guard Erica Comer added 11.
A group of players from the University of Cincinnati surprised Quisenberry — a Bearcats’ recruit — by showing up for the game. She didn’t realize they were in the stands until teammates pointed them out.
“I just played my game,” said Quisenberry, often the recipient of double-teams. “I just try to get the ball upcourt and look for my teammates.”