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New Boston starts fast to beat Green

FRANKLIN FURNACE — Did someone put the larger basket on one end?

The hot-shooting New Boston Lady Tigers drained nine 3-pointers as they beat the Green Lady Bobcats 83-54 Monday in a battle for first place in the Southern Ohio Conference Division I.

New Boston jumped out to an 18-0 lead before Green scored and never looked back.

“They shot the ball real well the whole game and we turned it over early and that’s not a good combination,” said Green coach Dale Royse.

“They came out of the blocks and hit a 3 right off the bat. We didn’t handle their pressure early. We just got in a hole and couldn’t get out of it.”

Trailing 24-5 after the first quarter, Adriana Blankenship scored 6 points in the second quarter for Green but the Lady Bobcats fell behind 43-21 at the break.

The Lady Tigers went up 43-37 after three quarters and continued to pull away in the fourth quarter.

Blankenship had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Green who fell to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the SOC.

Abbey Barnett scored 13 points and had seven rebounds. Ashlee Runyon added 10 points and five assists.

“I did see some positives,” said Royse.

Tasha Buckley led New Boston with 24 points including four 3-pointers. Missy Buckley had 19 points and three treys.

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NEW BOSTON (4-0, 3-0): Katie Williams 3 0 0-0 6, Tasha Buckley 3 4 6-7 24, Miranda Call 1 1 0-0 5, Missy Buckley 5 3 0-0 19, Mychael Hamilton 1 0 0-2 2, Tabi Euton 1 0 2-2 4, Alyssa Raines 3 0 2-2 8, Kayla Wiley 2 1 1-5 8, Tiffany Malone 2 0 3-7 7. Totals: 21 9 14-22 83. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.

GREEN (2-2, 2-1): Ali Thompson 4 0 1-4 9, Heather Pennington 1 0 1-2 3, Samantha Norwood 1 0 0-0 2, Abbey Barrett 4 0 5-7 13, Ashlee Runyon 3 2 0-0 10, Adriane Blankenship 6 1 2-3 17. Totals: 18-41 3-5 9-16 54. 3-point goals: 3-5. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 4-22=26 (Blankenship 11, Barrett 7). Assists: 14 (Runyon 5, Blankenship 5). Steals: 4. Turnovers: 22.