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Ironton girls rally by Warren

VINCENT — The biggest shot in the game didn’t come at the end of the game, but the end of the first half.

Brea Tackett’s 40-foot trifecta just before the first half buzzer ignited the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers to a 52-44 win over the Warren Lady Warriors Saturday in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League game.

“Brea wasn’t even supposed to get the ball, but they took away the other options we wanted,” said Ironton coach Doug Graham.

“That was a big shot. Instead of being down seven at the half, we were down three and then they missed a layup to start the second half. That’s a possible 9-point swing. It changed the momentum.”

Ironton lead 9-8 at the end of the first quarter, but Taylor Dolak scored 11 points in the second quarter to give Warren a 28-21 lead. Tackett then hit her shot and it was 28-24 at the break.

“A lot of (Dolak’s) shots were contested, she just caught fire and they were able to get a lead on us,” said Graham. “We put Janie (Morris) on her in the second half along with Rebekkah Potter and they did a good job.”

Morris hit a 3-pointer and scored 5 points to start the second half and Ironton came back to take a 37-36 lead.

The Lady Fighting Tigers then outscored Warren 15-8 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Ironton (11-5, 7-3) had three players in double figures led by Nikki Elswick with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Tackett and Lorna Ceaser scored 10 points and Morris 9.

Morris also had 6 rebounds while Tackett had 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.

Dolak finished with 17 for Warren (6-8, 4-5).

Ironton 9 15 13 15 = 52

Warren 8 20 8 8 = 44

IRONTON (11-5, 7-3): Potter 0 0 2-3 2, Alex Taylor 2 0 1-4 5, Nikki Elswick 6 0 2-2 14, Tackett 1 2 2-3 10, Emily Lilly 1 0 0-0 2, Janie Morris 1 2 1-2 9, Lorna Ceaser 4 0 2-4 10, Taylor Lilly 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 4 10-18 52. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: Morris. Rebounds: Elswick 6, Morris 6, Tackett 3, Ceaser 3. Assists: Tackett 5, Morris 2, Ceaser 2. Steals: Tackett 5.

WARREN (6-8, 4-5): Bailey Poage 2 0 2-5 6, Staci Lauer 1 0 0-0 2, Kasey White 1 0 3-8 5, Dashara Morgan 2 0 1-2 5, Taylor Dolak 7 0 3-5 17, Katie Farley 2 0 3-5 7, Jordanna Rauch 0 0 0-0 0, Emma Ryan 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 16 0 12-25 44. Fouls: 20. Fouled out: None.