Saturday night’s Girls basketball championship game between the Jamestown Eagles and the Tipton Cardinals was a hard fought contest between two high caliber teams that saw Jamestown defeat Tipton 61-57.
“It was a heck of a great game,” Jamestown coach E.H. Hirschvogel said. “I have to give credit to both teams, but especially my girls for the way they battled back and won this; I’m just incredibly proud of my girls.”
Tipton led most of the fast-paced game, building a 10-point lead late in the third quarter but the Cardinals were never able to put Jamestown away.
With 2:20 left in the third Tipton’s freshman guard Brooklyn Pace was fouled on a three-point attempt.
The basket was good and she went to the line sinking the free throw for the four-point play.
“I really thought when she hit that free throw it may have been over,” Hirschvogel said. “I have to give credit to my girls they have experience and they found a way to battle back and win it.”
Tipton kept its lead through most of the fourth quarter the 2:16 mark when Tipton senior Destiny Dowell fouled on a charging foul.
Jamestown’ Mickayla Stroher went to the line making both baskets, putting Jamestown up for good.
“It’s disappointing to lose a game like this,” Tipton’s coach Jason Culpepper said. “We are a young team and we just don’t have the experience yet to put games like this away.
“I told my girls that you don’t hang banners for winning the Tipton Tournament you hang them, for conference and district title and that’s what we are preparing for; a game like this will only help to prepare us for later in the year,” Culpepper added.
The fast-paced game saw multiple turnovers from both teams off the press, something Jamestown was able to convert into baskets late in the game.
“Alli (Muri) was able to make a couple of quick steals late in the fourth that we were able to turn into some quick baskets that helped a lot,” Hirschvogel “She’s just a pest on defense which is a compliment to her level of play.”
Many in the standing-room only crowd they may have felt like they were seeing double as Muri is one of three sets of twins on the Jamestown roster.
“Alli and her sister Lexi (Muri) and Mickayla and Mackenzie (Strother) are four year starters for us,” Hirschvogel said. “My other set of twins Angie (McNay) and Maggie (McNay) also see considerable playing time for the team.”
Culpepper said that the Eagles experience was a factor in the game.
“They are a good well-coached team and they know how to put it away,” Culpepper said. “That is something we need to work on but this game was a good contest for us and it will definitely help to prepare us for our upcoming week and later in the season.”
Mackenzie Strother led Jamestown, 4-0, with 17 points. Teammate Alli Muri also had 17 for the Lady Eagles.
Destiny Dowell had 17 to lead Tipton. Alyson Brandt added 14 and Brooklyn Pace had 10 points in the contest.
Tipton, 2-2 has three games this week, starting with California tonight.
The team faces Calvary Lutheran on Tuesday and begins conference play on Thursday at home when they will face Cole Camp.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484