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Defense sparks Lady Dragons win

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Fairland Lady Dragons weren’t shooting the ball well, so they made sure their opponents didn’t’ either.
Fairland was only 15-of-38 for 39 percent from the field including a dismal 1-of-17 from the 3-point line.
But the defense force 21 turnovers including eight steals and the Lady Dragons held the North Point (Md.) Lady Eagles to 30 percent shooting in a 45-33 win on Friday in the Title IX Holiday Classic.
Emily Chapman had 13 points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals to lead Fairland (7-2). Kelsie Warnock had 12 points and two steals while Alesha Simpson pulled down 10 rebounds.
Latavia Jackson scored 15 points and Synia Johnson 11 for North Point (3-2).
Fairland took a 10-4 lead on a basket by Chapman with 4:57 left in the first quarter. Jackson made two foul shots with 26 seconds on the clock to tie the game at 10.
Simpson’s foul shot put Fairland up 13-12 but Jackson hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Eagles a 15-13 lead and it was 17-15 at the half.
Johnson’s 3-pointer made it 20-15 early in the third quarter but Fairland came back to tie the game at 20 on a basket by Wilson. Davia Jenifer hit a 3-pointer and North Point was up 23-20.
Allie Marshall scored with 4:14 on the third quarter clock and Fairland led 24-23 and Wilson’s basket made it 26-23. Johnson and Chapman traded baskets as Fairland went up 28-27 at the end of the quarter.
The game was tied at 29 when Wilson got a basket, Warnock hit two straight and Simpson made a 3-pointer for a 38-29 lead with 4:34 left.
Two free throws by Chapman stretched the lead to 43-33 with 23 seconds to play.
Fairland will host Gallipolis next Thursday.
North Point    10    7    10    6    =    33
Fairland    10    5    13    17    =    45
NORTH POINT (3-2): Synia Johnson 3 1 2-4 11, Jamae Berrian 0 0 0-0 0, Latavia Jackson 4 1 4-4 15, Davia Jenifer 1 1 0-2 5, Camille Robinson 1 0 0-0 2, Samarra Bryum 0 0 0-0 0, Kennedy Davis 0 0 0-0 0, Rheyna Washington 0 0 0-0 0, Shilah Bremond 0 0 0-0 0. 12-40 6-10 33. 3-pt goals: 3-17. Rebounds: 6-O, 14-D = 20 (Johnson 6, Jackson 6). Assists: 2. Steals: 2. Blocks: 3 (Davis 2). Turnovers: 21. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.
FAIRLAND (7-2): Harley Lyons 0 0 0-0 0, Taylar Wilson 3 0-0 6, Emily Chapman 4 0 5-6 13, Allie Marshall 2 0 3-4 7, Kelsie Warnock 4 0 4-4 12, Brittany Thompson 0 0 0-0 0, Jenna Stone 0 0 0-0 0, Alesha Simpson 1 1 2-6 7. Totals: 15-38 14-20 45. 3-pt goals: 1-17. Rebounds: 8-O, 17-D = 25 (Simpson 10, Chapman 4, Wilson 4). Assists: 7 (Chapman 6). Steals: 8 (Chapman 2, Marshall 2, Warnock 2). Blocks: 2. Turnovers: 16. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None.