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Lady Hornets get crucial OVC victory

COAL GROVE — During the British invasion of 1964, duo Chad and Jeremy sang, “But now it’s over and done, ’cause that was yesterday and yesterday’s gone.”

Although he was more than happy with a crucial win Monday, Coal Grove Lady Hornets coach Nick Miller ended the celebration on Tuesday.

Coal Grove moved into a first place tie in the Ohio Valley Conference race with a 57-50 win over the South Point Lady Pointers Monday. However, Miller said his team must quickly shift its focus to Thursday’s game against Fairland.

“It’s a great win. We needed it. It’s nice to get even, but the league race is not over. We put ourselves in a good position, but it won’t mean anything if we don’t win Thursday,” Miller said.

Seniors Chelsea Markins and Samantha Hall combined for 40 points to lead the Lady Hornets who are now 9-3 overall but more importantly 5-1 in the OVC.

Markins had 23 points including four 3-pointers and Hall scored 17 points.

South Point, 9-5 and 5-1, was led by Missy Wheeler with 16 points. Ericka Leighty added 11 points. Leading scorer T’Ann Mayo had just 5 points as she suffered through foul trouble.

“Missy Wheeler did a nice job for them. She kept them in the game,” Miller said.

Coal Grove had player problems, too. Taylor Sexton injured knee in second half and had to lead the game.

“We had a lot of people step in and help us,” Miller said. “Our two seniors had nice games. They really stepped up and carried us and Brittany Harrison made some big buckets. Everyone contributed. It was a good team win.”

Coal Grove jumped out to a 17-8 first quarter lead as Markins and Jordyn Cox combined for 11 points including three shots from behind the arc.

Wheeler had 5 points and Leighty 4 to get the Lady Pointers within 27-24 at the break. Markins had another pair of 3-pointers as she scored 7 points.

In the third quarter, Coal Grove built a 12-point lead until the final minute when a series of turnovers enabled South Point to cut the deificit to 41-35.

Tinesha Taylor scored 7 of her 9 points in fourth quarter to try and rally the Lady Pointers, but Markins was 4 of 4 at the foul line and Cox 2 of 2 to seal the victory.

“We took care of the ball at the end against their pressure and hit our free throws,” Miller said.

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SOUTH POINT (9-5, 5-1): Missy Wheeler 6 0 4-5 16, Caymie Collier 0 0 0-0 0, T’Ann Mayo 1 1 0-0 5, Vanessa Rogers 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Lee 3 0 0-2 6, Ericka Leighty 5 0 1-1 11, Raven Blake 1 0 1-2 3, Tinesha Taylor 4 0 1-3 9. Totals: 20

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7-13

50. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: None.

COAL GROVE (9-3, 5-1): Tiffany Wallace 0 0 0-0 0, Abbey Nance 0 0 0-0 0, Samantha Zornes 1 0 0-0 2, Brittany Harrison 3 0 0-5 6, Danielle Carpenter 1 0 0-0 2, Jordyn Cox 1 1 2-2 7, Taylor Sexton 0 0 0-0 0, Chelsea Markins 2 4 7-8 23, Samantha Hall 7 0 3-3 17. Totals: 15

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12-18

57. Fouls: 9. Fouled out: None.

RESERVES: Coal Grove 36, South Point 22. CG scoring leaders: Kelli Grove 10, Abby Nance 9. SP leaders: M. Kelly 14.