Ironton Fighting Tigers' senior Trey Fletcher was presented a photo recognizing his 1,000th-career point. Fletcher hit the milestone during a game on Dec. 29 against Coral Reef when he scored at the 3:33 mark of the second quarter. Fletcher got the award before Saturday's win over Ashland. He is flanked by his father, Joe Fletcher Jr., and his mother, Monica Fletcher. (Tony Shotsky of Southern Ohio Sports

Archived Story

Fighting Tigers down Tomcats

Published 5:38pm Sunday, January 6, 2013

Jim Walker


Even Rembrandt’s mom threw away his early paintings.

Ironton’s performance may not have been a masterpiece, but it was good enough to make the winner’s museum as the Fighting Tigers beat the Ashland Tomcats 65-51 Saturday night.

Ironton had 16 turnovers, missed some easy shots and gave up 13 offensive rebounds.

“It was not pretty and it was frustrating, but we battled through us,” said Ironton coach Mark LaFon.

“We got the shots we wanted. The thing that frustrated me was our turnovers in transitions, and when you have a chance to finish on defense you give up offensive rebounds.”

Zac Carter led Ironton (7-2) with a game-high 26 points. Trevor White had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Darrius Boykin had a career-high 9 points off the bench. Trey Fletcher — who was honored before the game for his 1,000th-career point — had 9 points and 8 rebounds.

Dikembe Dixson — a transfer from Huntington, W.Va. — had 18 points for Ashland (9-5).

The game was tied four times and changed hands three times in the first quarter. Carter drained a trifecta at the buzzer that gave Ironton the lead for good at 19-16.

Carter buried another trey to begin the second quarter, but Logan Salow answered with his own triple for Ashland.

Ironton finally got the lead for good on a layup by White. Two foul shots by Carter, a runner by Boykin and another layup by White and it was 32-22 with 2:40 left in the half.

Fletcher — who sat out most of the first half in foul trouble — came out the second half and scored 5 points including a 3-pointer for a 39-26 lead.

Back-to-back layups by Carter opened up a 44-29 lead with 4:11 left in the third quarter.

Two layups by White and two foul shots by Carter with eight seconds left on the clock gave Ironton a 50-36 lead at the end of the quarter.

A layup by Carter and two foul shots by Fletcher opened up a 54-46 lead to begin the fourth quarter. But Ironton got careless with the ball and committed six turnovers.

Zach Hart hit a 3-pointer with 1:47 left to get Ashland within 58-47.

But a free throw by Tristan Cox and two by Carter made it 61-47 with 1:05 to go.

Ashland was forced to foul and Ironton converted 11 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Ashland 16 8 12 15 = 51

Ironton 19 15 16 15 = 65

ASHLAND (9-5): Ross Thompson 0 2 0-2 6, Zach Hart 1 2 0-0 8, Steven Friley 3 0 0-0 6, Nick Miller 2 1 2-2 9, Dikembe Dixson 8 0 2-2 18, Logan Salow 0 1 0-0 3, Tyler Stewart 0 0 0-0 0, Tyler Rose 0 0 0-0 0, Braxton Harshaw 0 0 1-2 1, Robert Wesley 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-53 5-8 51. 3-point goals: 6-18. Rebounds: 13-19=32 (Friley 6, Dixson 5). Team rebounds: 7. Assists: 3. Steals 2. Turnovers: 24. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: Friley (4th 0:47).

IRONTON (7-2): Zac Carter 6 2 8-11 26, Josh Glover 0 0 2-2 2 Trevor White 5 0 2-2 12, Trey Fletcher 2 1 2-2 9, Aaron Stephens 2 0 2-3 6, Tristan Cox 0 0 1-2 1, Joe Bowling 0 0 0-0 0, Darrius Boykin 3 1 0-0 9. Totals: 22-55 17-22 65. 3-point goals: 4-13. Rebounds: 17-21=38 (Fletcher 8, White 7, Stephens 7). Team rebounds: 5. Assists: 7 (Carter 3). Steals: 11 (Carter 5, Glover 2). Turnovers: 16. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None.


The Tribune believes it is possible for people with a variety of points of view to discuss issues in a civil manner and will remove comments that, in our opinion, foster incivility. We want to encourage an open exchange of information and ideas. Responsibility for what is posted or contributed to this site is the sole responsibility of each user. By contributing to this website, you agree not to post any defamatory, abusive, harassing, obscene, sexual, threatening or illegal material, or any other material that infringes on the ability of others to enjoy this site, or that infringes on the rights of others. Any user who feels that a contribution to this website is a violation of these terms of use is encouraged to email, or click the "report comment" link that is on all comments. We reserve the right to remove messages that violate these terms of use and we will make every effort to do so — within a reasonable time frame — if we determine that removal is necessary.

Editor's Picks

Apple butter on sale to benefit Shop With a Cop

SOUTH POINT — Law enforcement agencies in Lawrence County have kicked off the annual apple butter fundraiser for the Shop With a Cop program. Every year, ... Read more