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Seniors help Lady Dragons clinch share of OVC crown

Fairland Lady Dragons’ Taylar Wilson (left) battles Portsmouth Lady Trojans’ Destiny McKenzie (right) for the basketball during Monday’s OVC game. The Lady Dragons won, 86-34. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

PROCTORVILLE — Taylar Wilson knows how to celebrate Senior Night.
Wilson scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and had two blocked shots as the Fairland Lady Dragons routed the Portsmouth Lady Trojans 86-34 in an Ohio Valley Conference game on Monday.
Fairland’s other seniors also turned in big games.
Alesha Simpson had a game-high 20 points to go with five rebounds and three steals  as the Lady Dragons improved to 17-2 and clinched at least a share of the OVC title at 11-0.
Emily Chapman finished with a double-double as she scored 11 points and had 10 assists. She also had four steals.
Brittany Thompson added 10 points as the Lady Dragons had four players in double figures.
Portsmouth was led by Destiny McKenzie with 12 points and Jasmine Eley added 10.
Fairland went on an 8-0 run to start the game and went up 19-3 on a basket by Marshall at the 3:46 mark.
Destiny McKenzie scored for Portsmouth but Simpson and Thompson scored and Chapman sank two foul shots for a 25-5 lead with 2:23 left in the quarter.
Haley Lyons hit a 3-pointer and Thompson hit two more triples for a 31-6 lead. Eley scored before the end of the quarter and it was 31-8.
Chapman hit a 3-pointers and Wilson hit a free throw for a 43-10 lead. Wilson and Marshall both scored and Lyons made a 3-pointer for a 50-10 halftime cushion.
Marshall and Wilson both hit baskets to give Fairland a 64-17 lead with 2:47 on the clock and a 3-poiner by Mia Howard opened up a 67-19 lead at the end of the quarter.
On Thursday, Fairland is at Gallipolis and Portsmouth hosts Rock Hill.
Portsmouth    8    2    9    15    =    34
Fairland    31    19    17    19    =    86
PORTSMOUTH (NA): Jasmine Eley 5 0 0-1 10, Kylisha Kearns 0 0 0-0 0, Destiny McKenzie 2 2 2-2 12, Shai Howard 0 0 0-0 0, Autumn Wright 0 0 0-0 0, Jaiden Rickett 2 0 1-5 5, Shaya Kidder 0 0 0-0 0, Layla Kegg 3 0 1-2 7. Totals: 14-26 4-10 34. 3-pt goals: 2-8. Rebounds: 4-), 11-D = 15 (McKenzie 5, Rickett 3, Kegg 3). Assists: 6 (Kearns 3, Eley 2). Steals: 2 (Eley 2). Blocks: 3. Turnovers: 26. Fouls: 6. Fouled out: None.
FAIRLAND (17-2, 11-0): Emma Marshall 0 1 0-0 3, Harley Lyons 2 1 0-0 7, Taylar Wilson 5 0 3-4 13, Emily Chapman 0 3 2-2 11, Allie Marshall 3 0 1-2 7, Kelsie Warnock 0 1 0-0 3, Brittany Thompson 2 2 0-0 10, Katie Brumfield 0 0 0-0 0, Jenna Stone 2 1 0-0 7, Mia Howard 1 1 0-2 5, Alesha Simpson 7 2 0-0 20, Kirsten Orsbon 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 34-61 6-10 86. 3-pt goals: 12-32. Rebounds: 13-O, 13-D = 26 (A. Marshall 5, Simpson 5, Wilson 4). Assists: 24 (Chapman 10, Warnock 5, Stone 4). Steals: 12 (Chapman 4, Simpson 3). Blocks: 6 (A. Marshall 2, Wilson 2). Turnovers: 6. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None.