It was a battle between two of the top teams in the Frontier Athletic Conference on Saturday as the Miami Trace Lady Panthers hosted the Jackson Ironladies.
Coming into the game, Jackson was 7-0 in FAC play and Miami Trace was 5-2.
The Lady Panthers found themselves in a 10-2 hole at the end of the first quarter.
Jackson would extend their lead to 16-4 midway through the second period, before a corner three-pointer from Ellie Robinette cut the lead to nine. Just a few moments later, Kaelin Pfeifer would steal a pass and take it the other way for a layup to cut the deficit to seven points. Jackson would add a late basket to give them an 18-9 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Jackson would outscore Miami Trace by a score of 7-5 to lead 25-14 heading into the final quarter.
Miami Trace would cut the lead to eight points in the fourth quarter but were not able to get any closer than that as Jackson pulled away to a 29-20 victory.
With the win, Jackson clinches at least a co-championship in the FAC at 8-0. Chillicothe beat Hillsboro Saturday, 63-54 and now stand 6-2 in the FAC.
Washington defeated McClain in overtime Saturday, 40-33.
Miami Trace is third in the FAC at 5-3, McClain is 3-5, Washington is 2-6 and Hillsboro is 0-8.
Statistically for Miami Trace, Hillery ‘Bean’ Jacobs led the team with nine points, followed by Mallory Lovett with four, Robinette with three, and Pfeifer and Jessee Stewart with two points each.
Statistically for Jackson, Kenzie Davis led the Ironladies, and all scorers, with 14 points. Davis was followed by Mattie Walburn with 10 and T.J. Carpenter with five.
Miami Trace (11-6, 5-3 in FAC) plays again on Wednesday at home against Circleville with a 7 p.m. varsity tip.
Jackson (13-2, 8-0 in FAC) plays again on Saturday in the Eastern High School Winter Hoops Classic, where they will take on Western Brown at 7 p.m.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
MT 2 7 5 6 — 20
J 10 8 7 4 — 29
MIAMI TRACE — Ellie Robinette (1)-0-3; Kaelin Pfeifer 1-0-2; Hillary McCoy 0-0-0; Sue Morris 0-0-0; Jessee Stewart 1-0-2; Navaeh Lyons 0-0-0; Mallory Lovett 2-0-4; Hillery Jacobs 3 (1)-0-9; Ryleigh Vincent 0-0-0. TOTALS — 7 (2)-0-20. Free throw shooting: 0 of 2. Three-point field goals: Robinette, Jacobs. Field goal shooting: 9 of 52 for 17 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 2 of 10 for 20 percent. Rebounds: 26 (14 offensive). Turnovers: 16. Assists: 6. Steals: 12. Fouls: 9.
JACKSON — Sophia Metzler 0-0-0; Sydney Carpenter 0-0-0; T.J. Carpenter 2-1-5; Mattie Walburn 5-0-10; Sydney Hughes 0-0-0; Kenzie Davis 5-4-14. TOTALS — 12-5-29. Free throw shooting: 5 of 8 for 63 percent. Turnovers: 18
Miami Trace wins j-v game
In Saturday’s junior-varsity game, the Lady Panthers defeated the Ironladies, 32-8.
For Miami Trace, Ella McCarty led the team with 10 points, followed by Bella Shull with six, Ryleigh Vincent with five, Cali Kirkpatrick and Mya Babineau with four, Kamika Bennett with two, and Belle DeBruin with one.
For Jackson, Jaylynn Montgomery scored four and Kaylee Music and Aaliyah Barnett scored two points each.