Lady Tigers, Lady Pointers to meet in regional semifinals

Published 2:30 am Tuesday, March 10, 2009

As the season ends for most teams, two area teams will play to see who can extend their season as least one more game.

The final three area boys’ teams were all eliminated on Sunday in the Division III district semifinals, thus leaving only the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers and South Point Lady Pointers to carry on the local tournament hopes.

The two teams will meet at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Division III regional semifinals, thus guaranteeing one team will play at least one more game.

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The two teams met on Jan. 24 at South Point and the Lady Pointers rallied in the fourth quarter to win 32-30.

But despite being only 10 minutes apart, the two schools must travel two hours to Lancaster High School for the site of the regional tournament.

Ironton is 17-6 on the season and South Point is an impressive 21-2.

The gym will be cleared for the 8:30 p.m. game between Oak Hill (22-1) and Woodsfield Monroe (21-3).

Winners from Wednesday’s games will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the regional championship also to be played at Lancaster.

In Sunday’s boys’ district games, Ironton dominated the boards but they shot just 24 percent in a 65-43 loss to No. 8th-ranked Piketon, Fairland fell to unbeaten North Adams 91-69, and Chesapeake’s late comeback fell short against Westfall, 76-71.

Despite the losses, two seniors finished stellar careers with outstanding performances.

Kyle Webb scored 32 points to lead the Panthers. Chesapeake’ teammate Nathan Copley scored 22 points.

Fairland four-year starting guard Cole Hatfield scored 19 points to give him 1,000 for his career. Hatfield finished his career with more than 500 assists and 300 plus rebounds.