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Lady Tigers get by Chesy girls, 51-47

Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ Cheyenne Scott (left) and Chesapeake Lady Panthers’ Atiya Spaulding (5) fight for possession of the basketball during Thursday’s game. Ironton won 51-47. (Courtesy of Tim Gearhart of Tim’s News & Novelties of Ironton)

Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ Cheyenne Scott (left) and Chesapeake Lady Panthers’ Atiya Spaulding (5) fight for possession of the basketball during Thursday’s game. Ironton won 51-47. (Courtesy of Tim Gearhart of Tim’s News & Novelties of Ironton)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

CHESAPEAKE — The difference for the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers was being different.

Using a team effort, the Lady Tigers got past the Chesapeake Lady Panthers 51-47 on Thursday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

“We had different girls do different things well,” said Ironton coach Doug Graham.

“Lexie Barrier and Sydney Webb made some plays. Kenzie Ashley played good defense and got a steal and basket at end third quarter that was a good momentum play for us. Lexi Wise played good defense and Cheyenne Scott played good defense and made some plays.”

Barrier scored 24 points and Webb had 16 points to spark the offense as Ironton improved to 11-4 and 9-1 in the OVC.

Chesapeake (9-8, 4-6) was led by Kelsey Curry and Bailey Mills with 12 points each. Curry made three 3-pointers while Mills scored all her points on four trifectas.

Kaylee Curry added 10 points and five rebounds. Kelsey Curry had six rebounds and three assists, Atiya Spaulding five rebounds and Mills added three assists.

“It was a good, solid game. They’d get a lead and we’d come back. It was like that the whole game,” said Chesapeake coach Chris Ball.

Ironton led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter. Webb then got 5 points in the second quarter but Chesapeake cut the deficit to 25-22 at the break.

Kaylee Curry scored 8 points in the third quarter but Webb got 5 more points and the Lady Tigers held a 37-33.

Mills hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter but Barrier took over and scored 10 points as Ironton held on for the win.

“We didn’t play poorly, Chesapeake just played really well,” said Graham. “We’ve played them four times the past two years and it’s been close every time.

“We have to get healthy. We haven’t been healthy from injuries or sickness since the beginning of January.”

Ironton hosts Raceland at 3:45 on Saturday and visits Wheelersburg for a 6:30 p.m. varsity-only game on Monday.

Chesapeake entertains Pt. Pleasant on Saturday in a 2 p.m. varsity-only game.

Ironton 13 12 12 14 = 51

Chesapeake 7 15 11 14 = 47

IRONTON (11-4, 9-1): Jordan Hannan 0 0 0-0 0, Lexi Wise 1 0 0-2 2, D’Laynie Keith 1 0 1-1 3, Zakia Lee 1 0 0-0 2, Lexie Barrier 8 1 5-8 24, Sydney Webb 3 2 4-4 16, Kenzie Ashley 1 0 0-0 2, Cheyenne Scott 1 0 0-1 2. Totals: 16 10-15 51. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: None.

CHESAPEAKE (9-8, 4-6): Sydnee Hall 2 0 1-1 5, Kelsey Curry 1 3 1-2 12, Atiya Spaulding 2 0 0-2 4, Kaylee Curry 3 0 4-4 10, Bailey Mills 0 4 0-0 12, Kelsey Huff 0 0 0-0 0, Natalee Hall 0 0 4-4 4. Totals: 8 7 10-13 47. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.