Lady Fighting Tigers brace for Eastern Brown

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 24, 2003

Instead of being rusty, Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers head coach Amy Hughes is hoping her team will be hungry.

Ironton won its Division III sectional tournament 10 days ago. Because of the snow and icy weather, tournament games have been rescheduled and Ironton's district semifinal game was pushed back a day.

The bad weather caused Eastern Brown to play its sectional finals last Thursday, six days after it had been scheduled.

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Hughes is afraid her team could be affected by the idle time.

"It could cause us some problems, but if it does, hopefully we'll have it worked out quickly," Hughes said. "We can't afford to play poorly against Eastern Brown. They've got a good team and a good program."

Eastern Brown is 19-1 on the season and reached the state semifinals last season. Ironton comes into the game 16-4.

"They had a great team last year, but we're not playing that team. This is a new year and a new team. But they are a good team and they have experience and tradition," Hughes said.

"We just have to keep playing the way we have all year. We have to play hard all the time and play as a team. If we do, we have a chance."

Ironton's team play is reflected in its team scoring. Senior center Candace Ferguson is averaging 16 points a game, sophomore guard Andrea Rudmann 13.0, sophomore forward Sara Hacker 12.0, and senior guard Ashley Hannon 10 points a game.

Senior guard Rachel Wylie averages 4.0 per game but is a solid foul shooter and Hughes said "plays her role well."

Hacker leads the team with 11.0 rebounds a contest and Ferguson has a 9.0 average on the boards. Rudmann averages 5.0 assists and Hannon 4.5 steals per contest. Wylie has 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

"None of our girls care who gets the most points or rebounds or whatever. They really get along well and work together. That's been the key for us all year," Hughes said.

Key players off the bench including sophomore Sarah Cartmell and freshman Danielle Henderson.

"Cartmell does a nice job on the boards. Henderson is just a freshman, but I'm not afraid to play her. She does a nice job," Hughes said.