Lady Tigers tame Gallia Academy, 61-32

By Bryan Walters -

IRONTON, Ohio — Like having four flat tires, it was a tough night on the road.

Visiting Gallia Academy committed 41 turnovers and mustered only three points over the opening 11 minutes of regulation Monday night during a 61-32 setback to Ironton in an Ohio Valley Conference girls basketball contest in Lawrence County.

The Lady Tigers (3-1, 2-1 OVC) never trailed as the hosts jumped out to an early 8-2 edge before Adrienne Jenkins hit a free throw with 2:36 left in the opening canto, allowing the Blue Angels (2-3, 0-3) to trim the early deficit down to five points.

IHS, however, closed the opening frame on a 6-0 run for a 14-3 lead, then made a 12-0 surge out of the second quarter gates en route to establishing a 26-3 advantage.

Carly Shriver ended a 5:39 scoreless drought for GAHS after converting a layup with 4:56 remaining in the half, making it a 26-5 contest.

Ironton closed the second quarter on a small 7-6 run to secure a 33-11 edge headed into the break.

The Lady Tigers led by as many as 24 in the first half and were ahead by as many as 29 points overall, which included the final outcome of the contest. IHS led 51-24 through three quarters of play.

GAHS finished the night 10-of-40 from the field for 25 percent, including a 2-of-7 effort from behind the arc for 29 percent. The Blue and White hauled in 41 rebounds (13 offensive) and also went 10-of-15 at the free throw line for 67 percent.

Shriver led the guests with 11 points and Jenkins added 10 markers. Hunter Copley was next with five points, while Jennelle Stevens and Alex Barnes respectively rounded out the scoring with four points and two points.

Stevens hauled in a team-best 10 rebounds, while Shriver and Jenkins respectively chipped in seven and six caroms. Jenkins also had a team-high three steals in the Blue Angels’ third consecutive setback.

Ironton connected on 25-of-65 field goal attempts for 38 percent, including a 4-of-12 effort from behind the arc for 33 percent. The hosts committed 14 turnovers, hauled in 28 rebounds (13 offensive) and also went 5-of-8 at the charity stripe for 63 percent.

Sydney Webb led IHS with a game-high 20 points, followed by Lexie Arden and Lexi Wise with 12 points apiece. Alyssa Lewis also chipped in nine markers for the victors.

Wise and Lydia Hannan each hauled in eight rebounds for the Lady Tigers, while Wise also dished out a team-high five assists to go along with a game-high eight steals. Arden also had five steals and four blocked shots for IHS.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters