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Lady Dragons use long-range shooting for 58-30 OVC win

Fairland Lady Dragons’ Alesha Simpson (right) goes up for a layup as Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ Katie Boyer (left) defends. Simpson scored 15 points in the Fairland win. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

PROCTORVILLE — The Fairland Lady Dragons have shot 3-points well this season, especially at home.
They were at home on Thursday.
The Lady Dragons hit 10 3-point goals as they beat the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers 58-30 in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
Emily Chapman hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points while Alesha Simpson made three 3-points and scored 15 points as Fairland improved to 13-2 overall and stayed unbeaten in the OVC at 8-0.
Allie Marshall added 10 points and Kelsie Warnock grabbed 12 rebounds. Simpson had three assists and four blocked shots and Chapman got four steals.
Fairland hit 6-of-10 from the 3-point line in the first half with Chapman making three triples and Simpson a pair.
The Lady Dragons were 10-of-26 from behind the arc for the game for 38 percent and 22-of-57 overall for 39 percent.
Ironton (10-4, 6-3) was its own worst enemy with 23 turnovers — many unforced — that led to just 30 field goal attempts. The Lady Tigers were 10-of-30 from the field for 30 percent and 3-of-9 from the arc.
“We have to take better care of the basketball. Our margin of error is so small that turnovers are magnified. They outshot us two-to-one,” said Ironton coach Doug Graham.
“But don’t take anything away from Fairland. They’re a good team. They deserved to win.”
Lexie Arden had 11 points and seven rebounds for Ironton. Riley Schreck added eight points including a pair of 3-pointers while Lexi Wise had seven points and six rebounds.
Harley Lyons hit a 3-pointer as Fairland went up 7-2 in the first quarter. Ironton came back and tied the game on a basket by Schreck at the 2:09 mark.
Simpson then hit a basket and Chapman a 3-pointer and it was 14-9 at the end of the quarter.
Schreck and Chapman traded 3-pointers to start the second quarter, but Simpson hit two 3-pointers to close out the quarter and it was 30-19 at the half.
Wise made a layup two minutes into the second half as Ironton got within 30-21. But a steal by Chapman led to a three-point play and the lead was 33-21 and then she hit another 3-pointer to give Fairland a 36-21 with 4:20 on the clock.
Lyons hit another 3-pointer before Lydia Hannan hit a layup to stop the run and it was 39-23. Warnock and Lyons both scored and it was 43-23.
Arden hit a 17-footer and Ironton trailed 45-27 at the end of the quarter.
Simpson hit another 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter and ignited an 8-0 run to build a 53-27 lead.
Arden’s trifecta ended the run but Ironton could not generate any momentum.
Ironton visits Lucasville Valley on Saturday and hosts Gallipolis on Monday. Fairland entertains Coal Grove on Monday.
Ironton       9    10    8    3    =    30
Fairland    14    16    15    13    =    58
IRONTON (10-4, 6-3): Riley Schreck 1 2 0-0 8, Lexi Wise 2 0 3-6 7, Lydia Hannan 2 0 0-1 4, Lexie Arden 2 1 4-4 11, Katie Boyer 0 0 0-0 0, Lilly Zornes 0 0 0-0 0, Elli Williams 0 0 0-0 0, Kameren Arden 0 0 0-0 0, Haylee Stevens 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10-30 7-11 30. 3-pt goals: 3-9. Rebounds: 6-O, 19-D = 25 (L. Arden 7, Wise 6). Assists: 6 (L. Arden 4). Steals: 1 (Wise). Blocks: 1 (L. Arden). Turnovers: 23. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: None.
FAIRLAND (13-2, 8-0): Emma Marshall 0 0 0-0 0, Harley Lyons 0 2 0-0 6, Taylar Wilson 1 0 0-0 2, Emily Chapman 4 4 1-1 21, Allie Marshall 3 1 1-2 10, Kelsie Warnock 1 0 0-2 2, Brittany Thompson 1 0 0-0 2, Jenna Stone 0 0 0-0 0, Alesha Simpson 2 3 2-3 15. Totals: 22-57 4-8 58. 3-pt goals: 10-26. Rebounds: 15-O 17-D = 32 (Warnock 12, Wilson 7). Assists: 16 (Wilson 7, Simpson 3). Steals: 10 (Chapman 4, Warnock 4). Blocks: 7 (Simpson 4). Turnovers: 11. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.