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Lady Pointers get win in overtime

Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ Alicia Murphy (33) drives past South Point’s Brett Justice as she scores two of her game-high 17 points. South Point won 53-49 in overtime on Monday. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

 

There were plenty of shots, free throws and rebounds. To top it off, there was even some extra playing time.

The South Point Lady Pointers edged the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers 53-49 in overtime on Monday in a game that featured 111 field goal attempts, 57 foul shots and 97 rebounds.

One big number in the Lady Pointers favor was 3-point shooting. They made 8 of 25 shots from behind the arc while Ironton was just 3 of 9.

“Defensively and offensive the first half we were so impatient,” said Lady Pointers’ coach Dave Adams. “In the third quarter we came out and played pretty well. If we can continue to get scoring from different people we’ll be okay.”

Ironton coach Doug Graham said the 14-for-34 foul shooting was definitely a factor in the loss, but it wasn’t the only issue.

“We did what we wanted defensively, but we were rushing our shots and sometimes we played too fast. We need to be more patient and we need to relax,” said Graham.

“We dominated the boards and contested most of their shots. We knew they could hit some 3’s. We have to make those shots in the lane and we have to do a better job at the foul line.”

Ironton (1-4) amassed 57 rebounds including 21 on the offensive glass while South Point had 40 rebounds.

Neither team shot well. Ironton was 16 of 55 for 29 percent and South Point was 26.8 percent.

Allison Mitchell and Aundrea Bradburn had 12 points each to lead the Lady Pointers (3-3).

Erin Dillow had 10 points including two key free throws in overtime to give South Point the lead for good.

Ironton was led by Alicia Murphy with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Emily Davis had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals.

Lexie Washington and Taitlyn Dutey grabbed 9 rebounds each while Karlee McMackin had 8 rebounds and 7 points despite sitting out most of the first half in foul trouble.

Murphy’s putback gave Ironton an 11-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

She hit a trifecta and Davis followed up a missed shot to put Ironton up 20-9 with 3:58 left in the half.

But South Point (3-3) closed to within 23-18 at the half on a 3-pointer by Eryn Khounlavong.

A 12-footer by Murphy and a 10-footer by Washington opened up a 27-18 lead to begin the second half, but a 3-point play by Khounlavong tied the game at the 4:41 mark.

Brianna Whaley’s triple at the 3:03 mark gave South Point its first lead at 332-31 but Murphy answered with her own long-rang shot and it was 34-32.

Adams said switching to a zone in the second half helped slow the Ironton offense.

“It was something I wanted to do but we were behind,” said Adams.

Two free throws by Washington and one by Ariel Schweickart put Ironton up 39-36 heading into the fourth quarter.

Schweickart’s foul shot with 37 seconds left made it 46-44 but Khounlavong hit a 15-footer to tie the game with 20 seconds to go in regulation.

Schweickart drained a 3-pointer at the 2:45 mark as Ironton went up 49-46. Bradburn’s 3-pointer tied the game at the 2:08 mark and Dillow’s two foul shot at the 1:24 mark put the Lady Pointers up for good at 51-49.

Abbey Winkler’s layup with 32 seconds to go sealed the win.

On Thursday, Ironton plays at Boyd County, Ky., while South Point hosts Chesapeake in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

South Point 5 13 18 10 7 = 53

Ironton 11 12 16 7 3 = 49

SOUTH POINT (3-3): Allison Mitchell 2 2 2-4 12, Erin Dillow 0 1 7-8 10, Eryn Khounlavong 2 1 1-1 8, Brett Justice 0 0 4-4 4, Aundrea Bradburn 1 3 1-4 12, Lakin Adams 0 0 0-2 0, Brianna Whaley 0 0 0-0 0, Abbey Winkler 2 1 0-0 7. Totals: 15-56 15-23 53. 3-point goals: 8-25. Rebounds: 11-29=40 (Dillow 8, Mitchell 7). Team rebounds: 5. Assists: 1. Steals: 5 (Bradburn 3). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 23. Fouled out: Mitchell (4th 2:25), Justice 4th 1:34).

IRONTON (1-4): Emily Davis 4 0 3-6 11, Ariel Schweickart 1 1 2-4 7, Karlee McMackin 2 0 3-5 7, Alicia Murphy 4 2 3-6 17, Lexie Washington 2 0 2-3 6, Taitlyn Dutey 0 0 0-8 0, Saige Fields 0 0 1-2 1. Totals: 16-55 14-34 49. 3-point goals: 3-9. Rebounds: 21-36=57 (Murphy 13, Washington 9, Dutey 9, McMackin 8, Davis 7). Team rebounds: 6. Assists: 4 (Schweickart 2). Steals: 6 (Davis 3). Turnovers: 23. Fouls: 20. Fouled out: Washington (4th 1:24).