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Lady Pointers rally past Huntington, 66-62

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The offense put on a show, but it was the defense that stole the show.

A strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter enabled the South Point Lady Pointers to rally past the Huntington High Lady Highlanders 66-62 Saturday.

South Point (11-1) trailed by as many as 16 points before coming back to win. Although Jalynn Bradburn scored 30 points for South Point, it was defensive plays by Tinesha Taylor and Allison Mitchell that turned the game.

“The fourth quarter we really got after on defense. We just kept the pressure on them,” said Pointers’ coach Dave Adams.

“There were two big plays that turned it for us. (Huntington guard Erin) Bailes got past us and Taylor came from behind and swatted it. Then Bailes had a layup and Allison Mitchell stepped in and took a charge.”

On the offensive end, Jalynn Bradburn led South Point with 30 points — 20 in the second half. Kayla Fletcher scored 17.

Bailes scored 22 and Telequia Hamilton 20 for Huntington (10-3).

Huntington took a 23-13 lead in the first quarter as Bailes scored 11 points. Bradburn got 8 points in the second quarter to draw South Point within 34-27 at the half.

Bailes got 7 more points including a trey as Huntington led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter before Bradburn’s 8 points closed the gap to 54-41 at the end of the quarter.

“It looked bad at that point, but our girls kept battling and we went on a run,” said Adams.

South Point went on a 15-2 run to begin the fourth quarter and tie the game at 56-56. Bradburn had 12 points in the quarter as the Lady Pointers outscored Huntington 25-8.

Late in the game Fletcher stole the ball and scored to give South Point a 66-62 lead. She swiped an inbounds pass with 15 seconds to go and the ball rolled around unil time expired.

South Point 13 14 14 25 = 66

Huntington 23 11 20 8 = 62

SOUTH POINT (11-1): Allison Mitchell 1 0 7-7 9, Erin Dillow 0 1 0-0 3, Kayla Fletcher 4 2 3-5 17, Ashley Goodall 1 0 0-0 2, Jalynn Bradburn 11 0 8-9 30, Tinesha Taylor 2 0 1-3 5. Totals: 18 3 19-24 66. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.

HUNTINGTON (10-3): Leah Ching 3 0 0-0 6, Abby Steel 1 0 1-2 3, Anitra Hawarny 2 0 2-2 6, Erin Bailes 6 2 4-4 22, Telequia Hamilton 10 0 0-0 20, Dominique Gibson 2 0 1-1 5. Totals: 24 2 8-9 62. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: None.