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Tough times can#8217;t slow down Lady Hornets

PROCTORVILLE — Tough times don’t seem to bother the Coal Grove Lady Hornets.

Falling behind early in a tough Ohio Valley Conference road game, the Lady Hornets battled back en route to a 68-60 win over the Fairland Lady Dragons Thursday.

“We did a nice job battling back after we got behind to start the game,” Lady Hornets coach Nick Miller said. “The girls showed a lot of poise. They battled through a lot of tough situations on the road.”

Fairland opened the game with a 10-0 run with Megan Auxier scoring 7 points including a 3-pointer.

But Coal Grove went on a 13-0 run to end the quarter with Jordyn Cox hitting two shots from behind the arc to give the Lady Hornets a 14-11 lead.

“We had some pretty good balance. Jordyn Cox had a good first half for us. She hit a couple of 3s in the first quarter when we needed them,” Miller said.

Samantha Hall scored 6 points and Chelsea Markins and Brittany Harrison combined for 11 points as Coal Grove held onto its 29-26 lead at the break.

Emily McMaster scored 8 of Fairland’s 15 points in the quarter.

Cox hit two more 3-pointers in the third quarter and seven different players scored as Coal Grove pulled away to a 51-37 lead.

Markins had 9 points including 6 at the foul line as Coal Grove led 68-57. MacKenzie Rucker hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer for Fairland to set the final score.

Markins led Coal Grove (2-2, 1-1) with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Hall and Harrison scored 12 points each.

Auxier led Fairland (2-4, 0-2) with 16 points while Shea Berry, Molly Bumgarder and McMaster getting 10 each.

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COAL GROVE (2-2, 1-1): Samantha Zornes 1 0 1-2 3, Jordyn Cox 0 4 0-0 12, Taylor Sexton 0 0 3-4 3, Chelsea Markins 4 1 8-15 19, Samantha Hall 3 0 4-4 10, Tiffany Wallace 1 0 3-4 5, Kelli Grove 0 0 0-0 0, Ashley Thacker 0 0 0-0 0, Brittany Harrison 5 0 2-6 12, Danielle Carpenter 1 0 2-2 4, Chelsea Delong 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-60

(5-14) 23-29

68. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Hall, Zornes. Rebounds: 34 (Hall 9, Markins 8, Carpenter 7, Harrison 6). Assists: 3 (Harrison 2).

FAIRLAND (2-4, 0-2): Destinee Spears 1 0 1-2 3, Megan Auxier 5 2 0-0 16, Shea Berry 2 0 6-8 10, Molly Bumgardner 2 0 6-8 10, Erika Smoot 0 0 0-0 0, Beth Schlegel 0 0 1-2 1, Christin Capper 2 0 2-2 6, Lauren Phillips 0 0 0-0 0, MacKenzie Rucker 0 1 1-2 4, Emily McMaster 5 0 0-0 10. Totals: 20-61

(3-9) 17-24

60. Fouls: 24. Fouled out: Berry. Rebounds: 33 (Baumardner 13, Auxier 6). Assists: 3.