Lady Tigers handed first lost of year

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 19, 2003

CANNONSBURG, Ky. - Check the gauges. We have a meltdown.

The Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers suffered an offensive meltdown as they lost for the first time this season Wednesday night, a 64-49 setback at the hands of the Boyd County Lady Lions.

Ironton suffered its worst shooting performance of the season in losing for the first time in seven outings.

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"We had the shots we always do, we just didn't hit them," Ironton coach Amy Hughes said. "We seemed a little tentative the first half, and we had way too many turnovers. And they really weren't forced turnovers. We didn't seem mentally ready to play."

The Lady Tigers were 19 of 52 from the floor for just 36.5 percent. Boyd County wasn't much better, making 38.9 percent of its shots on 21 of 54 shooting.

However, the Lady Lions were 8 of 19 from behind the arc and Ironton failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time this season on an 0-for-4 effort.

"It seemed like every time we tried to make a run, they would hit a 3-pointer and break our momentum. They kept making the key shots," Hughes said.

Brandi Mahar was the most productive and clutch shooter for the Lions. She was 6 of 8 from the field including all four 3-point attempts. She finished with 21 points.

Kasi Galloway had 13 points and Jessica Easterling added eight points and nine rebounds.

Sara Hacker had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Ironton. Andrea Rudmann scored 13 points and six rebounds while Mandi Boykin finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Sarah Cartmell and Danielle Henderson grabbed five rebounds each as Ironton outrebounded Boyd County 37-26.

"We didn't do a bad job on the boards, but we let a lot of rebounds slip through our hands and go out of bounds. We gave them too many extra chances between missed rebounds and turnovers," Hughes said.

Hacker's 12-footer put Ironton up 7-6 with 4:20 left in the first quarter, but it was the last lead of the game for the Lady Tigers.

Kristin Ashworth and Galloway hit back-to-back trifectas to give the Lions the lead for good at 12-7.

Down 18-11 at the end of the first quarter, Rudmann hit two straight jumpers to start the second quarter and Cartmell followed up a missed shot that got Ironton within 18-17 with 5:33 left in the half.

Boyd County went on a 15-2 run for a 33-19 lead. Hacker's 15-footer with 11 seconds stopped the bleeding temporarily, but Jennifer Swann's 3-pointer at the buzzer made it 36-21 at the break.

The Lady Tigers were able to slice the deficit to 44-35 after baskets by Rudmann and Hacker with about two minutes to go in the third quarter. But Boyd County pulled away to a 50-38 lead at the end of the quarter.

The teams traded baskets until Swann hit a 3-pointer to open up a 60-42 lead with about three minutes to play.


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IRONTON (6-1):

Andrea Rudmann 6-20 (0-2) 1-2 13, Danielle Henderson 1-3 (0-0) 0-1 2, Mandi Boykin 3-8 (0-0) 4-5 10, Sarah Cartmell 2-6 (0-0) 4-7 8, Sara Hacker 7-15 (0-2) 2-4 16, Ciara Taylor 0-0 (0-0) 0-0 0, Shante' Lewis 0-0 (0-0) 0-0 0. Totals: 19-52



49. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Boykin (1:01 4th). Rebounds: 12-25=37 (Hacker 12, Boykin 7, Rudmann 6, Henderson 5, Cartmell 5). Team/deadball rebounds: 2. Assists: 5 (Cartmell 2). Steals: 8 (Boykin 3). Turnovers: 20.


Jennifer Swann 2-7 (2-5) 3-4 9, Ashley Caniff 2-4 (0-0) 3-4 7, Brandi Mahar 6-8 (4-4) 5-5 21, Katie Chaney 0-1 (0-0) 0-2 0, Jessica Easterling 4-14 (0-1) 0-3 8, Kristin Ashworth 2-4 (1-2) 1-2 6, Jennifer Rowsey 0-0 (0-0) 0-0 0, Melanie Brown 0-1 (0-0) 0-0 0. Totals: 21-54



64. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 8-18=26 (Easterling 9, Caniff 8). Deadball/team rebounds: 8. Assists: 9 (Galloway 4). Steals: 9 (Swann 4, Caniff 3). Turnovers: 13.