Tipton shot 70 percent from the field in the game, turned the ball over twice in the first half and didn’t allow a Windsor offensive rebound until the third quarter in a 75-38 win Wednesday in the Kaysinger Conference boys basketball tournament semifinal.
“We got the ball out and ran a little bit,” said Tipton coach Billy Jeffries. “I was worried about our stamina, had to take one timeout there just to give them a break. Our kids played well for having only a couple practices the last week and a half.”
Tipton scored on nine of their 12 first quarter possessions and led 19-7 before Windsor got back-to-back 3-pointers from Trenton Johnson and Josh Nichols.
Windsor trailed 21-13 after one quarter but three steals by Dylan Cooper helped the Cardinals go on a 10-0 run as Cooper hit a 3-pointer and Logan Hirst hit a pair of layups. Windsor turned the ball over eight times in the first half with Tipton scoring 11 points off those turnovers. The Cardinals two turnovers were a traveling violation and a bad pass that went out of bounds, not giving the Greyhounds any chance at a transition basket.
“When you don’t turn the ball over and you shoot 70 percent, especially when we’re not making any baskets, it’s hard to come back from,” said Windsor coach Brent Behler.
Tipton held Windsor’s Aaron Garoutte to seven points as often the Greyhounds couldn’t even get him a look.
“They had someone D’ed up on Aaron all game in their zone,” Behler said. “They had someone pulled up and he was having a hard time getting the ball inside. He’s one of our big scorers so if we can’t get him the ball, we’re struggling shooting on the perimeter.”
Cooper scored 20 points, 14 of them in the first half. Hirst added 18, eight of them in transition.
“He runs the floor really well and sees the floor,” Jeffries said of Hirst. “Since I’ve put (Ryan Wood) into the lineup we’ve only lost to Sacred Heart. They give us more speed. Logan gets out and runs the ball and he shoots the ball a lot better this year than he did last year. He’s really come along and developed.”
Dylan Tate scored 13 points for Tipton.
Quentin Rainner scored 10 points for Windsor. Johnson had 11.
Windsor will face Green Ridge in the third-place game at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Tipton will face Sacred Heart in the championship game at 8 p.m. Friday.