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Ironton girls fall to Adena, 41-28

Mar. 04, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ATHENS, Ohio -- Ironton's run in the Ohio Division III girls basketball postseason came to an end Sunday.

The Fighting Tigers shot just 20 percent from the floor and had trouble containing Adena's Natalie Cooper in a 41-28 loss in the district championship at Ohio University's Convocation Center.

Ironton's season comes to a close at 20-6.

After falling behind by double-digits early in the second half, Ironton clawed back within eight points and had three possessions to cut into the deficit heading to the fourth, but missed opportunities around the rim and a turnover led to a late basket by Alyssa Kennedy pushed the advantage back to double-figures.

Cooper finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Warriors, who used a big second quarter to pull ahead.

After being limited to just two points in the first quarter, Adena instantly went to work in the second to build a 19-11 halftime lead.

One of the biggest possessions of the half came midway through the second. Adena's Michelle Ackley hit a 3-pointer and Ironton's Alicia Murphy was called for a foul boxing out underneath, giving the Lady Warriors the ball underneath the basket. Jenn Grigsby followed with a layup to make for a 5-point possession that provided separation for Adena.

The Fighting Tigers struggled throughout the game to get anything to fall offensively, finishing the game just 8-of-41 from the floor.

Freshman Lexie Barrier led Ironton with 11 points, but hit just 4 of 15 shots. Ariel Schweickart, who scored 22 of the team's 37 points in a win over Peebles in the district semifinals, managed just two.

IRONTON 5 6 8 9 -- 28: Murphy 5, Schweickart 2, Barrier 11, McMackin 2, Washington 8.

ADENA 2 17 10 12 -- 41: Dawson 4, Kennedy 8, Delong 2, Grigsby 8, Ackley 3, Cooper 16.