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Lady Dragons rolls to earn share of OVC title

Rock Hill Redwomen’s Keilie Adams (3) tries to keep the ball away from Fairland Dragons’ Haleigh Fuller (10) during Thursday’s OVC game. Fairland won to clinch a share of the title. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

PROCTORVILLE — It wasn’t so much of a scare as it was a wake-up call.
Needing a win to earn a share of the Ohio Valley Conference basketball title, the Fairland Lady Dragons looked up at the first quarter scoreboard and saw themselves trailing 13-12.
Rileigh Morris had scored five points and Makayla Scott three more as Rock Hill took the early lead and hinted at a possible major upset.
But Allie Marshall scored six points, Emma Marshall four points and Jenna Stone made a 3-pointer and two foul shots as the Lady Dragons stormed back to take 30-18 halftime lead en route to a 62-27 win and a share of the league crown.
The league title is the third straight for the Lady Dragons.
Fairland (17-3, 12-2) extended the lead to 51-23 as the defense held Rock Hill to just five points in the third quarter while Kelsie Warnock hit a 3-pointer and scored seven points and Stone got six more.
Miaa Howard had five points and Stone four more in the fourth quarter as Fairland outscored the Redwomen 11-4.
Stone scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Lady Dragons while Allie Marshall scored 13 and Warnock nine.
Morris had nine points and Savannah McGraw six to lead Rock Hill (5-16, 0-14).
Fairland hosts Lynchburg Clay at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Lady Dragons were originally scheduled to play at Minford.
Rock Hill plays Coal Grove at 6:45 p.m. Monday in the sectional tournament at Jackson.
Rock Hill 12 6 5 4 = 27
Fairland 13 17 21 11 = 62
ROCK HILL (5-16, 0-14): Kelsey Olderham 0 0 0-0 0, Savannah McGraw 3 0 0-0 6, Makayla Scott 1 0 2-4 4, Keilie Adams 0 0 0-0 0, Aleigha Matney 0 0 0-0 0, Kylee Howard 1 0 2-2 4, Paige Bailey 1 0 0-0 2, Autumn Porter 0 0 0-0 0, Rileigh Morris 3 0 3-4 9, Savannah Cade 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 10 0 7-10 27. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.
FAIRLAND (17-3, 12-2): Emma Marshall 2 0 0-0 4, Allie Penix 1 0 0-0 2, Bailey Roland 0 0 0-0 0, Katie Brumfield 0 0 0-0 0, Mailiegh Fuller 0 1 0-0 3, Allie Marshall 5 0 3-7 13, Jessica King 1 0 0-0 2, Kelsie Warnock 3 1 0-0 9, Britney Thompson 1 0 1-1 3, Libby Judge 0 0 0-0 0, Jenna Stone 4 3 4-5 21, Miaa Howard 2 0 1-4 5, Kirsten Orsbon 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 5 9-17 62. Fouls: 9. Fouled out: None.