Tipton girls basketball is rolling into the conference tournament.
The Lady Tigers defeated Sacred Heart 61-44 in Sedalia for their seventh win in a row.
Now, the top seed in the Kaysinger conference tournament can rest until their first-round matchup.
“I’m excited for us to get to practice for four days in a row,” Tipton head coach Jason Culpepper said. “For the first time in a long time.”
Destiny Dowell led the Lady Cardinals with a game-high 26 points and was 12 of 17 from the charity stripe.
Culpepper said Tipton’s balance could improve going into the tournament.
“We want balance, especially on the defensive end,” Culpepper said. “Whenever we transition from scoring a bucket and then going to defense, we have to get better at locking down.”
Sacred Heart came within 11 points of Tipton in the third quarter after entering halftime trailing 34-18.
McKenna Beeler led the Lady Gremlins with 11 points. Elayna Ebers added eight points and Lexie Thompson and Laura Wadley scored 7 points apiece.
Sacred Heart head coach Caleb Crooker said the Lady Gremlins need to make a habit of playing well for four quarters to make a run in the Kaysinger conference tournament.
“If we could put it together for four quarters — because we have flashes of good play — I really think we could compete,” Crooker said. “We’re starting to see better play. I’d like to think that we can make a nice run in the tournament.”
The Lady Gremlins face the No. 2 seeded Stover on the road Thursday before opening tournament play against Northwest Friday as the No. 7 seed.
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