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Big 3rd quarter keys Lady Panthers’ win

Chesapeake Lady Panthers’ Maddie Ward (23) battles Symmes Valley Lady Vikings’ Jenna Malone (right) and Hailee Littlejohn (left) for the ball. (Photo By Tim Gearhart)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

CHESAPEAKE — Now that’s the kind of quarter you like to see after a tough first half.
Leading by only 8 points at halftime, the Chesapeake Lady Panthers exploded in the third quarter as they rolled past the Symmes Valley Lady Vikings 63-38 on Monday.
Maddie Ward had 18 points, Blake Anderson 14 and Sammie McComas added 10 for the Lady Panthers (5-5).
Rachael Hayes had 12 points for Symmes Valley (3-7).
Ward scored 6 points and McComas 4 in the first quarter as Chesapeake took a 16-10 lead. Taylor Sells hit a pair of 3-pointers for the Lady Vikings.
Anderson and McComas scored 4 points each as the Lady Panthers went up 29-21 at the half.
Symmes Valley got within 2 points before a couple of crucial turnovers helped Chesapeake pull away. Hayes had 7 points including 5-of-5 form the foul line.
Then came the pivotal third quarter.
Ward hit a pair of 3-pointers and Anderson had a trey as Chesapeake outscored the Lady Vikings 25-5 to open up a comfortable 54-26 cushion.
The Lady Panthers were 10-of-13 from the foul line in the quarter. Anderson and Ward each went 3-for-4 while Taylor Hicks and Emily Duncan were 2-for-2.
Symmes Valley outscored Chesapeake 12-9 in the fourth quarter. Peyton Hunter hit a triple and scored 5 points and Hailee Littlejohn had 5 points to pace the Lady Vikings. Kandace Pauley scored 4 to lead Chesapeake.
Chesapeake visits South Point next Monday. Symmes Valley host St. Joseph on Thursday.
Sym. Valley 10 11 5 12 = 38
Chesapeake 16 13 25 9 = 63
SYMMES VALLEY (3-7): Jenna Malone 0 0 2-2 2, Peyton Hunter 1 1 2-2 7, Meredith Humphreys 0 0 0-0 0, Taylor Sells 1 2 0-0 8, Rachael Hayes 1 0 10-11 12, Kaylee Cade 0 0 0-2 0, Lauren Wells 1 0 0-0 2, Hailee Littlejohn 2 0 3-6 7, Spring Ross 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9-44 17-23 38. 3-pt goals: 3-17. Rebounds: 25 (Sells 5, Littlejohn 5). Assists: 9 (Malone 6). Steals: 5 (Littlejohn 2, Malone 2). Turnovers: 27. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: None.
CHESAPEAKE (5-5): Kandee Pauley 4 0 0-0 8, Jessica Dillon 0 0 0-0 0, Taylor Hicks 2 0 3-4 7, Blake Anderson 2 1 7-8 14, Sammie McComas 4 0 2-2 10, Robin Isaacs 0 0 0-0 0, Maddie 3 2 6-8 18, Emily Duncan 2 0 2-2 6, Zowie Rollins 0 0 0—0 0, Riley Brooks 0 0 0-0 0, Emma Hanson 0 0 0-0 0, Leah Shields 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 3 20-25 63. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: Hicks.