Lady Fighting Tigers rally by Lady Pointers

Published 2:49 am Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Jim Walker


SOUTH POINT — A point is a point is a point.

Down 2-1, the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers made each point count as they rallied to beat the South Point Lady Pointers in five sets, 25-21, 18-25, 21-25, 25-14 and 15-12.

“The girls fought hard for every point and I kept reinforcing to them that it was a point-for-point game,” said Ironton coach Beth Campbell.

“We had to work for each one we received. No one was going to give us the game.”

Ironton was led by Lexi Wise with 17 kills while D’Laynie Keith added seven. Alyssa Lewis racked up 24 assists.

Keith gave a great defensive effort with 15 digs and eight blocks. Alli White added nine digs and Lee dominated the net with 18 blocks.

“Wise sees the court well and her cross-court and line attack was brutal at times tonight. Lewis helped with her hustled and Lee played confident tonight. She took control with her dominating height,” said Campbell.

Kenzie Cremeens had six blocks and six assists with Alyssia Rowe getting six block assists as Ironton improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

“The girls stayed focused after losing sets two and three. They worked together as a team. The not leaving South Point with a loss,” said Campbell.

Mackenzie Fugitt led South Point with 13 points and Sarah Allen was right behind with 12.

“Fugitt was a huge threat behind the service line and at the net. She is a nice player. She really seems like she leads the team,” said Campbell.

“(Pointers coach Allen Perry) has a young team but you couldn’t tell. They are so scrappy and will be a force to wrecken with. Perry is a great coach who knows the game very well and will have them clicking soon.”

With the match tied at 2-2, Ironton was down 8-2 and then 9-5 in the tiebreaker set. White took control and scored all five points that included four aces.

“Alli isn’t a flashy palye and numbers don’t mean much to her. She is a great role player and she definitely played the role well tonight,” said Campbell.

In the reserve mach, Ironton won 25-18, 27-25.

Lydia Hannan had 14 points, Peighton Rowe six, Mackenzie McMasters five, and Riley Schreck and Demi Sands three each.

Brooke Bowen had eight points and Diamond Crawley seven for South Point.

Ironton hosts Portsmouth at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.