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Dillow scores 39 as Lady Hornets rout Piketon in sectional

Coal Grove Lady Hornets’ Addi Dillow (3) dries for two of her 39 points in a 74-49 win over Piketon on Monday in the Division 3 sectional tournament. (Kent Sanborn/Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

LUCASVILLE — Addi Dillow wasn’t a one-woman team. It just seemed that way.
Dillow made 16-of-34 shots including five 3-pointers as she scored 39 points to lead the Coal Grove Lady Hornets to a 74-49 win over the Piketon Lady Redstreaks in the Division 3 sectional tournament on Monday.
“Dillow wanted to win. She hustled on defense which led to some steals and easy layups,” said Lady Hornets’ coach Rick Roach. “On the flip side, Piketon’s defense did not have an answer for her. She was able to drive and knock down some outside shots.”
Kaleigh Murphy added 13 points as Coal Grove (17-6) advanced to the sectional finals to play Alexander at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jackson.
Alexander — who beat Portsmouth 55-24 on Monday — downed Coal Grove 65-55 in a meeting on Jan. 4.
Piketon (9-14) was led by Hayleigh Risner with 16 points while Bailey Vulgamore scored 13.
Dillow hit a 3-pointer and scored 11 points in the first quarter as Coal Grove took a 20-11 lead. Risner got 8 points for Piketon.
Dillow made two more 3-pointers and scored 12 points while Murphy added 6 points and the Lady Hornets stretched the lead to 39-22 at the half.
“We played a little too aggressive early and sent them to the free throw line too much in the first half,” said Roach.
“We knew coming in that Piketon was a young team and we tried to capitalize off that youth and be more physical than them. I feel like it worked most of the time.”
Coal Grove continued to pull away as Dillow had 9 more points as she hit a pair of treys while Abbey Hicks scored 5 of her 7 points and it was 59-36.
Vulgamore had a 3-pointer and two free throws in each the second and third quarters for the Lady Redstreaks.
Dillow and Jaiden Griffith combined for 13 of Coal Grove’s 15 points in the fourth quarter.
“Our post players Murphy, Griffith and (Rylee) Harmon did a great job of rebounding throughout the night. It was also good to see Murphy getting to the basket and scoring tonight,” said Roach.
UP NEXT: Coal Grove plays Alexander at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the sectional finals.
Piketon 11 11 14 13 = 49
Coal Grove 20 19 20 15 = 74
PIKETON (9-14): Kennedy Jenkins 1 1 0-0 5, Jazz Lamerson 2 0 0-0 4, Ally Ritchie 0 0 0-0 0, Ava Little 1 0 0-0 2, Maddie Ritchie 0 0 0-0 0, Bailey Vulgamore 1 2 5-8 13, Savannah McNelly 0 0 0-0 0, Addison Johnson 1 0 1-2 3, Hayleigh Risner 8 0 0-2 16, Natalie Cooper 3 0 0-0 6. Totals: 19-49 6-12 49. 3-pt goals: 3. Fouls: 9. Fouled out: None.
COAL GROVE (17-6): Ellie Holmes 1 0 1-2 3, Addi Dillow 11 5 2-4 39, Katie Deeds 0 0 0-0 0, Kaleigh Murphy 6 0 1-1 13, Abbey Hicks 3 0 1-1 7, Rylee Harmon 1 0 2-2 4, Kenadee Keaton 0 0 2-2 2, Jenna Hicks 0 0 0-0 0, Jaidyn Griffith 2 0 2-2 6. Totals: 29-80 11-14 74. 3-pt goals: 5. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.