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Lady Panthers fall in defensive battle

Chesapeake Lady Panthers’ Blake Anderson (left) and Taylor Hicks (10) battle Grace Christian’s Rachel Tanner for the basketball during Saturday’s game. (Photo Courtesy of Tim Gearhart)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

CHESAPEAKE — Defense ruled.
Grace Christian used its defense to beat the defensive-minded Chesapeake Lady Panthers 46-34 on Saturday.
The Lady Soldiers took a 15-9 first quarter lead as Rachel Tanner hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points. Maddie Ward had seven points for Chesapeake including a 3-pointer.
Emily Hutchinson had a 3-pointers as she scored seven points in the second quarter to extended the lead to 27-19 at the half.
Taylor Hicks knocked down a 3-pointer and had four points for the Lady Panthers.
In the third quarter, Grace Christian outscored Chesapeake 7-6 to make it 34-25. Blake Anderson was 3-for-4 at the line for the Lady Panthers.
Grace Christian converted 8-of-12 free throws and Samantha Wells and Hayley Matthews scored four points each.
Chesapeake got a 3-pointer from Hicks and baskets from Anderson, Ward and Karli Davis.
Ward had 11 points to pace Chesapeake (8-10) while Anderson scored nine and Hicks eight.
Hutchinson led Grace Christian with 15 and Matthews scored 11.
Chesapeake hosts Ironton on Monday.
Grace Chrstn 15 12 7 12 = 46
Chesapeake 9 10 6 9 = 34
GRACE CHRISTIAN (15-4): Samantha Wells 3 0 2-4 8, Hayley Matthews 3 0 5-5 11, Hannah Benge 0 0 0-0 0, Rachel Tanner 1 2 1-2 9, Emily Hutchinson 3 1 6-6 15, Shay Cincenas 1 0 1-4 3. Totals: 11 3 15-21 46. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.
CHESAPEAKE (8-10): Kandace Pauley 0 0 0-0 0, Blake Anderson 3 0 3-5 9, Taylor Hicks 0 2 2-8 8, Corrine Ferguson 1 0 0-0 2, Sammie McComas 0 0 0-0 0, Maddie Ward 4 1 0-0 11, Karli Davis 2 0 0-0 4. Totals: 10 3 5-13 34. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: None.