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Lady Dragons use balanced scoring to top Lady Pointers

Fairland Lady Dragons’ Alesha Simpson takes aim as she shoots a jump shot. Simpson had 11 points in the Lady Dragons 67-31 win over South Point on Monday. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

PROCTORVILLE — When Fairland Lady Dragons’ coach Jon Buchanan asked for a little offensive help, there were plenty of volunteers.
The Lady Dragons placed four players in double figures as they remained unbeaten with a 67-31 Ohio Valley Conference win over the South Point Lady Pointers on Monday.
Emily Chapman led the Lady Dragons (5-0, 3-0) once again with a game-high 23 points. Allie Marshall was next with 14 while Britney Thompson and Alesha Simpson scored 11 each.
“We need to have our other kids step up and makes. Our kids have been doing a better job of that,” said Buchanan.
“Britney has had to play more and she has done a good job for us. She’s not afraid. She just plays.”
South Point (2-2, 1-2) was led by Ashley Perkey with 10 points and Emilee Whitt with eight.
Thompson scored eight points and Chapman six as Fairland took a 21-13 first quarter lead.
Chapman had five points in the second quarter and the lead was 32-23 at the half.
“We played pretty well in the first half. But they came out and in a two- or three-minute stretch and took over the game,” said Lady Pointers’ coach Dave Adams.
The scoring burst to begin the second half included 10 straight points by Marshall who hit a pair of 3-pointers and had a steal and layup to make it 42-23.
Chapman scored six points and the defense limited South Point to just two points and it was 54-25.
“We just backed out pressure down and made it a half-court game,” said Buchanan. “(South Point) played well in the first half and made some shots. But then we came out strong in the second half and went from nine points up to 17 really quick.”
The Lady Pointers managed just eight points in the second half.
“When you hold a team to eight points in a half, you’ve done a good job defensively. South Point is a good team. They’re going to win some games,” said Buchanan.
On Thursday, Fairland is at Portsmouth and South Point hosts Gallipolis.
South Point    13    10    2    6    =    31
Fairland    21    11    22    13    =    67
SOUTH POINT (2-2, 1-2): Emilee Whitt 1 2 0-1 8, Sarah Roach 0 0 0-0 0, Maddy Khounlavong 0 1 0-0 3, Leah Lawson 0 1 0-0 3, Diamond Crawley 0 0 0-0 0, Kearns 2 0 0-0 4, Ashley Perkey 4 0 2-6 10. Totals: 7 4 2-7 31. Fouls: 7. Fouled out: None.
FAIRLAND (5-0, 3-0): Emma Marshall 1 0 0-0 2, Harlie Lyons 2 1 0-0 7, Taylar Wilson 0 0 0-0 0, Emily Chapman 2 6 0-1 22, Allie Marshall 4 2 0-0 14, Britney Thompson 1 3 0-0 11, Jenna Stone 0 0 0-0 0, Alesha Simpson 2 1 4-4 11. Totals: 12 13 4-5 67. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.