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Lady Tigers start slow, finish strong to knock off Ashland

Jim Walker

Once the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers got going, they didn’t slow down.
Coming off a three-set loss at Gallipolis last Thursday, Ironton started slow on Monday in a volleyball game against the Ashland Kittens by losing the first set 25-23.
The Lady Tigers then came to life and won the next three sets 25-17, 25-21 and 25-18 to win the non-league game.
“We started off slow and missed some serves and Ashland was a scrappy team,” said Ironton coach Beth Campbell. “We refocused and played our game plan.”
Setting for Samantha LaFon was a big part of the game plan and it paid off as she got a career-high 31 kills. She also had 10 points — four aces — and 14 digs.
“Samantha was on fire and the team rallied behind her to allow her to assist in the win,” said Campbell.
Riley Schreck had four kills and Mary Beth Burton three. Lydia Hannan, Kayleigh Collins, Devin Forest and Kameren Arden had two each.
Hannan racked up 26 assists, Arden 11 and Forest four.
Forest turned in a stellar defensive effort with 18 digs. Peighton Rowe had 14 digs, Arden nine and Evan Williams six.
Schreck led with 13 points, Arden 11, and Burton had nine points with four aces.
Schreck also had five blocks with Forest and Burton three each and Hannan two.
In the jayvee game, Ashland won 25-21, 24-22. Sidney Douglas had six points with four aces and Lydia Freeman five points and two aces to pace Ironton.
Emily Campbell had four points with three aces, Isabell Morgan four points, Lehla McKenzie three and Teegan Carpenter two.
Ironton goes to Wayne, W.Va., on Wednesday and hosts Coal Grove on Thursday.