Ironton downs Blue Angels, 89-22

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

IRONTON, Ohio — It didn’t get any easier the second time around.

Lexie Barrier scored a game-high 24 points while becoming the all-time leading scorer in Ironton girls basketball history Saturday night during an 89-22 victory over visiting Gallia Academy in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup at the Conley Sports Center in Lawrence County.

The host Lady Tigers (10-0, 6-0 OVC) remained unbeaten and also claimed a season sweep of the Blue Angels (1-7, 1-5) after posting a 79-34 decision at GAHS back on Dec. 10.

Barrier — a James Madison signee — needed 20 points entering the game to become the program’s all-time leading scorer, and the record-setter came with 3:39 left in the first half after she nailed a trifecta. Barrier — who finished the night with a game-high 24 points — eclipsed the previous mark of 1,386 points set by Lauren Triplett-Schweickart.

GAHS committed 24 first half turnovers and had 35 total for the game, as Ironton stormed out to leads of 24-5 and 55-9 after each of the opening two frames. The hosts followed with a 24-7 third quarter run that resulted in a 79-16 edge, then IHS closed regulation with a 10-6 spurt to wrap up the 67-point outcome.

Gallia Academy connected on 9-of-32 field goal attempts for 28 percent, including a 3-of-9 effort from behind the arc for 33 percent. The guests were outrebounded by a 29-25 margin and also went 1-of-2 at the free throw line for 50 percent.

Adrienne Jenkins paced the Blue Angels with eight points and five rebounds, followed by Hunter Copley with six points and Jalea Caldwell with four markers. Carly Shriver and Jordan Walker also had three points apiece for the guests, who have now dropped three straight decisions.

The Lady Tigers sank 36-of-67 shot attempts for 54 percent, including a 7-of-15 effort from three-point range for 47 percent. The hosts committed five turnovers and also went 8-of-11 at the charity stripe for 73 percent.

Alexis Lewis followed Barrier with 15 points and Lexie Wise added 13 points, while Sydney Webb and Cheyenne Scott each contributed 10 markers. Jordan Hannan and Zakia Lee were next with six points apiece, while D’Layne Keith completed the winning tally with three markers.

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

By Bryan Walters

[email protected]