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Ironton’s Elswick named to all-tournament team

Nikki Elswick had an impressive postseason. The Associated Press agreed.

The Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ 5-foot-11 junior center turned in a strong performance in the Division III state semifinal and was honored by the AP as an all-tournament team selection.

Elswick scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the state semifinal game as Ironton lost 50-43 to Middletown Madison. She also blocked a shot and had two steals as the Lady Tigers reached the state tournament for the third time in school history.

She was 6-of-11 from the field and made both free throw attempts.

“It makes me proud to know that I was a big part of the Lady Tigers’ Final Four team,” said Elswick who was humbled by the honor.

“I feel very fortunate to be named along with that kind of talent and to be representing this town leaves me speechless. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and my coaches.”

Elswick was joined on the all-tournament team by Caite Craft and Amanda Hyde of state champion Liberty-Benton, Madision’s Ally Malott and Smithville’s Jenna Pew.

Craft was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.