Tipton upset bid falls short in final seconds
BETHANY — Untimely turnovers wound up costing Tipton a Cinderella-run.
The seventh-seeded Tigers gave No. 2 Frontier all it could handle in the Class A girls state tournament quarterfinals at Southern Nazarene University, but Tipton (26-3) let a trip to the semifinals and four-point lead in the final minutes slip out of its grasp in an agonizing 63-61 loss to Frontier (27-1) on Thursday night.
“I told the girls in the locker room we’re not gonna hang our head. We took the No. 2 team in the state to the wire and should’ve won,” said Tipton coach Teddy White, whose Tigers return all but one starter. “We had it in our grasp and just couldn’t close the door.”
Tipton committed its two most costly turnovers of the game in the final minute as the Frontier point guard Morgan Romero, who led the Mustangs with 24 points, 19 of which came in the second half, hit a slicing layup to tie the game at 57 with 1:20 left.
Tarrin Tyler, who chipped in 10 points, converted an and-1 to give Tipton a 61-59 lead with 45 seconds left. The Tigers were ready to pounce.