Large scores 36 to lead Ironton over HHS
HUNTINGTON — Ironton came up Large Saturday night.
Charlie Large, a 6-foot senior, scored 36 and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Fighting Tigers (7-3) defeated Huntington High (2-5) 63-53 in a boys basketball game in Lucas-Archer Gym. Large made 14 of 26 shots, including four 3-pointers.
“It was a good team effort,” Large said, declining to take credit for the triumph. “I was hitting some shots, but my teammates were getting me the ball. Our offense allowed me to get some good looks and we had a lot of fast breaks.”
Ironton led 20-19 at halftime, but didn’t take control until it closed the third quarter on a 16-0 run to erase a 33-29 Highlanders lead.
Dion Sims’s basket with 5:07 left in the period put HHS ahead 33-29, but the Highlanders didn’t score again until Kris Brown hit a jumper at 7:20 of the fourth period. Between those buckets, Ethan Wilson scored eight of his 16 points, Large scored six and Reid Carrico scored two.
The rally allowed the Tigers to overcome an 8-0 Huntington High run that turned a 20-16 lead to a 24-20 deficit.
“The beginning of the third quarter didn’t look good,” Fighting Tigers coach Mark Lafon said. “We took a timeout and let them refocus.”
Ironton did just that, regaining the lead on a Large 3-pointer with 3:36 left in the quarter and never trailed again. The Fighting Tigers extended the lead to 45-33 by the end of the period and to 16 points in the fourth quarter before the Highlanders rallied within 56-47 on a Brown free throw with 2:54 left.
The contest was fast paced and physical, to the liking of both teams.
“We were physical,” Lafon said. “The main thing was to make sure we didn’t play out of control. Things got wild at times, but the mental discipline and the emotional discipline showed. Everyone took care of business.”
Large said he was impressed with Huntington High.
“They’re a good team,” Large said.
Lafon agreed and said he hopes to continue the series with HHS.
“When you play good teams, and we play good teams every night, it helps you,” Lafon said. “Huntington High is a good team and a good program. They’re a big school and our kids responded well. It’s a good rivalry and a great game that we want to keep going.”
Brown led the Highlanders with 17 points. Sims scored 11.
Huntington High plays again at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Parkersburg South. Ironton returns to Ohio Valley Conference action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home vs. Chesapeake.
IRONTON 13 7 25 18 — 63: Wilson 16, Grizzle 3, Carrico 6, Large 36, Barnes 2.
HUNTINGTON HIGH 7 12 14 20 — 53: Patterson 4, Page 2, Brown 17, Blackwell 4, Lochow 3, Sims 11, Hopkins 3, Stevens 5, Littlejohn 4.