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Lady Pointers moving on

ATHENS — The South Point Lady Pointers were getting what they wanted, they just weren’t doing what they needed.

That changed in the second half as the Lady Pointers used a quick scoring spurt to open up a tie game and beat the Federal Hocking Lady Lancers 49-36 Saturday to win the Division III district title at the Ohio University Convocation Center.

South Point was a meager 4-for-24 from the field in the first half and just 4-of-15 at the foul line.

“We said at halftime we were getting the shots we wanted and we were getting the ball in the post, but we weren’t making any shots,” said South Point coach Dave Adams.

“We wanted to attack the basket and get to the foul line and we did. In the second half we just extended our press and put more pressure on them.”

Tinesha Taylor got the offense going as she hit 7-of-10 shots and scored 15 points to go with 12 rebounds despite playing the second half with a bad ankle.

“We just ran our offense. It was just open and they got (the ball) to me and I took it up,” said Taylor.

Both teams struggled offensively to start the game. South Point finally broke the scoring drought on a foul shot by Taylor at the 5:14 mark.

Taylor made two layups and then swatted a rebound into the backcourt where Jalynn Bradburn grabbed the ball and raced for a layup and a 7-0 lead.

The Lady Pointers’ defense forced eight turnovers and held the Lady Lancers scoreless until a 15-footer by Irish Butcher at the 1:39 mark.

But the Lady Pointers’ point guard Kayla Fletcher picked up her second foul and went to the bench. Federal Hocking took advantage to rally for the lead on a basket by Butcher and two straight by Emily Dunfee and it was 8-7 at the end of the quarter.

Fletcher returned in the second quarter but neither team could fined the range as South Point made just one-of-8 shots and Federal Hocking 2-of-13 and it was 12-12 at the half.

The Lady Lancers took a 15-12 lead to start the second half, but South Point scored seven unanswered points to lead 19-15 with 3:40 left in the third quarter.

Taylor went out at the 5:56 mark with an twisted ankle. She returned and promptly scored at the 2;03 mark. Allison Mitchell’s layup pushed the lead to 23-15.

The Lady Lancers finally ended the 11-0 run with a layup by Julie Vinson with 1:40 on the clock, but South Point built a 29-19 lead by the end of the quarter.

“We haven’t put a whole game together,” said Adams. “We had a spurt to blow it out to 10 and we can’t count on that every time. We have to play a whole game the next time.”

The South Point lead was 12 points early in the fourth quarter before the Lady Lancers closed to within 39-32 on a 3-pointer by Julie Vinson and a layup by Butcher with 2:34 left.

But a layup by Fletcher with 1:12 left pushed the lead to 41-32 and she made three foul shots over the final 50 seconds to secure the win.

Besides Taylor, Bradburn also had 15 points and Fletcher added 11.

Federal Hocking (19-4) was led by Dunfee with 10 points.

South Point (21-2) will play Wednesday at Lancaster in the regional semifinals.

South Point 7 5 17 20 = 49

Fed. Hocking 8 4 7 17 = 36

SOUTH POINT (21-2): Allison Mitchell 1 0 1-2 3, Kayla Fletcher 4 0 3-4 11, Ericka Leighty 1 0 3-6 5, Jalynn Bradburn 5 0 5-12 15, Tinesha Taylor 7 0 1-4 15, Ashley Goodall 0 0 0-1 0, Angelica Stewart 0 0 0-0 0, Destinee Jones 0 0 0-0 0 . Totals: 18-51 13-29 = 49. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Mitchell (2:34 4th). 3-point goals: 0-4. Rebounds: 18 offense, 23 defense = 41 (Taylor 120. Assists: 8 (Fletcher 2, Bradburn 2). Steals: 18 (Bradburn 5, Goodall 3, Mitchell 3). Turnovers: 20.

FEDERAL HOCKING (19-4): Emily Dunfee 2 0 0-0 4, Hannah McKibben 1 0 2-2 4, Chanda Cuckler 2 0 5-5 7, Julie Vinson 3 1 1-4 8, Iris Butcher 4 0 2-3 10, Katie Russell 0 0 1-2 1, Leanna Vinson 0 0 0-0 0, Alish Skinner 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-52 11-16 = 36. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: McKibben (2:06 4th). 3-point goals: 1-13. Rebounds: 19 offense, 24 defense = 43. Assists: 5 (Butcher 3, Dunfee 2). Steals: 8 (Vinson 3, Cuckler 3). Turnovers: 26.