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Div. III regional boasts tough matchups

Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ Cheyenne Scott (left) battles Nelsonville-York Kaitlyn Hurd for a loose ball. Ironton plays Fort Frye and Fairland plays Wheelersburg in the Division III regional tournament Wednesday at Logan. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ Cheyenne Scott (left) battles Nelsonville-York Kaitlyn Hurd for a loose ball. Ironton plays Fort Frye and Fairland plays Wheelersburg in the Division III regional tournament Wednesday at Logan. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

Talk about a tough tournament.

Four quality teams will clash Wednesday in the girls’ Division III regional tournament semifinal games at Logan High School.

The matchups have the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers (19-5) going against the Beverly Fort Frye Lady Cadets (23-3) at 6:15 followed by the Fairland Lady Dragons (20-5) and the Wheelersburg Lady Pirates (22-2) at 8 p.m.

Ironton is making its first regional appearance since its Final Four run in 2010.

The Lady Fighting Tigers go nine deep with their up-tempo style of play led by 5-foot-11 junior and Virginia Tech commit Lexie Barrier with 19.8 points and 9.3 rebounds a game.

Sydney Webb — a 5-7 sophomore — averages 11.8 points a game including 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range.

The other three starters are 5-5 Taylor Hannan — the team’s lone senior —along with 5-9 junior Cheyenne Scott and 5-9 freshman point guard Lexi Wise.

Off the bench are junior Jordan Hannan, sophomores D’Laynie Keith and Zakia Lee, and freshman Kenzie Ashley.

Fort Frye (23-3) beat Sugarcreek Garaway 47-41 to win the district title. The Lady Cadets were ranked ninth in the final Associated Press poll.

The Lady Cadets are led by 5-foor-10 senior Megan Liedtke who averages 18.8 points a game and 6-foot junior Alexis Enochs with an 11.8 scoring average.

Liedtke was first team on the Eastern All-District team and Enochs third team.

Special mention all-district were starters Michelle Adkins and Makayla Liedtke. The fifth starter is Katie Hart.

Megan Liedtke, Enochs and Adkins can all shoot 3-pointers.

Fairland and Wheelersburg are meeting for the second time this season. They met at Fairland during the regular season with the Lady Dragons winning 69-57.

Fairland has won four straight district titles and has posted four straight 20-win seasons.

Leading Fairland is 5-9 senior Kelsey Riley with 12.2 points and 5.7 rebounds a game and 5-5 senior guard Caitlin Stone who scores at a 14.9 clip and has made more than 80 3-pointers on the season while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc.

The Lady Dragons also start 5-10 senior Mackenzie Riley (8.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg), 5-9 senior center Jenna Fulks and 5-6 senior point guard Taylor Staten.

Off the bench are 5-4 freshman point guard Emily Chapman and 6-foot freshman center Alesha Simpson.

Wheelersburg is led by 5-9 junior Sydney Holden with a 15.5 scoring average and 5-3 senior Brooke Smith who scores 15.7 points per game.

The Lady Pirates — ranked seventh in the final AP poll — also start Kalle Coleman, Brooklyn Adams and Makayla Akers. Off the bench are Ellie Ruby, Brittany Swim and Lean Spradlin.

Wednesday’s winners advance to the regional title game at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Logan regional winner will play at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the state tournament semifinals against the Ada regional champion.

The Ada regional is comprised of favorite Richwood North Union, , Oak Harbor, Archbold and Ottawa-Glandorf.

The state championship game is 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.