Free throws lift Ironladies over Meigs

By Paul Boggs -

JACKSON, Ohio — Simply put, the Jackson Ironladies enjoyed a parade to the free-throw line.

For the visiting Meigs Marauders, not so much.

Spearheaded by shooting a whopping 42 free throws, and making more freebies than the Marauders managed total points, the Ironladies amassed a 44-31 girls basketball win on Thursday night.

That’s correct.

Jackson sank 32 free throws on Thursday, while Meigs made four entire trips to the stripe — two apiece by Kassidy Betzing in the first quarter and by Bre Colburn in the third.

The Ironladies’ standout point guard — Rebekah Green — got to the line 20 times and meshed 15, as every single solitary Ironlady point of their 17 in the fourth quarter came from the line.

Green also scored five of the Ironladies’ six total field goals, and poured in 25 points to pace all scorers.

She had two field goals and three foul shots in the first quarter, two field goals and six free throws in the second stanza, one field goal and one freebie in the third, and finally five free throws in the fourth.

Speaking of the fourth, Jackson’s Lauren Parks and Deb Hill each hit 4-of-4 foul shots, while Emily Brown bagged 3-of-4.

Amelia Davis, who had the Ironladies’ only other field goal in the opening period, split a pair of tosses in the fourth frame.

Parks posted nine points, as she also made 2-of-2 free throws in the first quarter and 3-of-6 in the third.

The Ironladies led 11-10 after the first period, as Green’s 10 points in the second and Alli Hatfield’s field goal for Meigs made it 21-12 in favor of the hosts at half.

Jackson maintained a 27-17 advantage at the third stop, as Meigs mustered only a Madison Fields three-pointer and Colburn’s two tosses in the quarter.

The Marauders were whistled for 19 personal fouls to offset 12 made field goals, as Jackson was only called for 10 fouls.

Fields and Hendricks hit threes in the first period, along with Betzing’s four points on a field goal and two free throws.

All 14 of the Marauders’ fourth-period points were the result of field goals — four by Betzing, two by Hatfield and one by Hendricks.

The Ironladies only shot 24-percent (6-of-25) from inside the arc, and did not make any of their dozen three-point tries.

They did manage 40 rebounds, however, including 12 by Green, 11 by Abby Waugh and seven by Hill.

Parks, Davis and Brown had three rebounds apiece, as Jackson also only had eight turnovers and eight steals.

The loss left the Lady Marauders at 9-12, while the Ironladies evened their record to 10-10.

Meigs was set to host Wahama for its final regular-season game on Saturday.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs