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Ironton redeems with win at Fairland

December 5, 2018

ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Ironton’s 50-41 girls high school basketball victory over Fairland Monday night was about redemption.

The Fighting Tigers (1-1 overall, 1-1 Ohio Valley Conference) desired to prove they were better than they showed last week in a stunning 42-38 upset loss to Portsmouth. Nothing erases the bad taste of defeat like a triumph over the defending conference champion Dragons (0-2, 0-1).

“I was pleased with the way the girls responded after a loss,” Ironton coach Doug Graham said.

“All week in practice, they’ve listened, they’ve played hard, they’ve done what we asked them to do, but you don’t know how quickly that’s going to turn into production in a game.”

Graham might have still been wondering that after Fairland jumped to a 5-0 lead, but the Fighting Tigers used a blistering 16-0 run to take a lead they never relinquished. Ironton led by as many as 12 points and weathered a late run during which Fairland pulled within 45-41 after a 3-pointer by Jenna Stone with 1:14 to play.

The early streak gave the Tigers confidence. Elli Williams, who finished with 11 points, began the run with a pair of baskets.

Haylee Stevens, who scored a game-high 19, followed with a 2-pointer and a two 3-pointers. Abigail Patterson added two two-point baskets and Ironton had a 16-5 lead in a matter of 3:38.

“Haylee was great on offense and defense,” Graham said.

Graham adjusted his defense after Fairland’s Allie Marshall, who scored 18, continually drove the lane in the early minutes.

The Dragons’ inability to effectively shoot outside hindered the comeback effort. Fairland finished 11-for-52 (21.1 percent), including 5-for-25 (20 percent) from 3-point range.

Still, Ironton led just 21-17 at halftime.

The Fighting Tigers, though, scored the first seven points of the third quarter and extended the lead to 35-23 on Williams’ basket with 4:48 left in the period.

Ironton led 40-30 with 6:02 left in the game. Twice Fairland pulled within four after Stone 3-pointers, but moved no closer.

Samantha Lafon led Ironton, which made 18 of 35 shots, with a game-high 13 rebounds.

Stone scored 14 points for the Dragons.

Both teams return to action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at home, Ironton against Gallia Academy, Fairland vs. Coal Grove.

IRONTON 16 5 17 12 — 50: Schreck 2-5 1-1 0-0 5, Lafon 2-7 0-0 2-2 6, Hannan 1-3 0-1 3-4 5, Williams 4-6 1-2 2-5 11, K. Arden 0-0 0-0 0-0, Stevens 7-10 4-6 1-2 19, Rogers 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Patterson 2-2 0-0 0-0 4, Caines 0-0 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-35 6-10 8-13.

FAIRLAND 9 8 11 13 — 41: E. Marshall 1-4 0-2 2-4 4, Lyons 0-7 0-5 2-2 2, Roland 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, A. Marshall 4-13 1-2 9-10 18, King 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Warnock 1-10 0-3 1-2 4, Thompson 0-4 0-2 0-0 0, Stone 5-13 4-10 0-0 14, Howard 0-0 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-52 5-25 14-18 41. Rebounds: I 31 (Lafon 13), F 23 (Warnock 7). Team rebounds: I 6, F 4. Deadball rebounds: I 1, F 2. Turnovers: I 21, F 11.

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