SOUTH POINT, Ohio – For a quarter on Thursday, Ironton dominated South Point in the Ohio Valley Conference high school girls’ basketball, but for the other three it was all the Pointers that resulted in a 40 -22 for the Pointers.
South Point shut out Ironton in the first quarter, allowed two runs in the second and three in the last quarter to pull away from the Fighting Tigers for the win.
Karmen Bruton scored 10 points to lead South Point (4-6 overall, 4-5 OVC) while Camille Hall grabbed six boards to lead the Pointers on the rebound. Hall also finished with nine points in the game.
South Point led 8-0 after the first period with Bruton scoring four points. In the second, a field goal from Chasity Cecil was the only point separating Ironton (6-7, 5-6) from a withdrawal in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Fighting Tigers made it a game.
Kirsten Williams scored 10 game-high 13 points in the third quarter as Ironton closed a 16-2 halftime deficit to a 25-19 South Point lead at the end of the period.
Williams connected on four field goals, including two 3-pointers in the period, as the Fighting Tigers appeared to have momentum in his favor.
Ironton used an all-court man-to-man defense to rush South Point, and the Pointers returned the ball leading to the baskets for the Fighting Tigers on the quick break.
Doug Graham’s IHS team reduced the lead to 18-11 at 4:22 of the third quarter, forcing South Point to use a timeout.
“We just had to get together,” said Bruton, a junior. “We got angry but we discussed it.
After Pointers head coach Dave Adams’ time-out, South Point rebuilt a 25-13 lead when Williams made two 3-point baskets to end the period with Ironton by six.
South Point closed on game beating Ironton 15-3 in the fourth period.
“They made us rush a little bit,” Adams said. “In the fourth quarter, we distribute them more.”
Bruton made the first basket of the period and fouled the shot. Sarah Mitchell made a basket 5:54 of the fourth to give South Point an 11-point lead.
Bruton responded with another traditional 3-point play to give South Point an 8-0 run to start the quarter.
The Pointers scored the first 13 points of the quarter before Williams connected on his third 3 point of the quarter. game with 2:53 to play. During the period, South Point made all three free throw attempts and finished 6 of 7 from the foul line in the game.
Ironton was 1 for 2 of the charity band.
A basket by Camille Hall of South Point with 2:39 remaining closed the scoring for the game.
The South Point girls return to action on Saturday by welcoming Jackson at 2:30 p.m. Ironson will play at Coal Grove on Monday with a tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
IRONTON 0 2 17 3 – 22: C. Cecil 4, Carpenter 2, K. Williams 13, E. Williams 1, K. Cecil 2.
SOUTH POINT 8 8 9 15 – 40: Roach 8, Mitchell 8, Bruton 10, Staley 5, Hall 9.
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