IRONTON – The South Webster Lady Jeeps participated in the Tackett’s Body Shop Shootout at Ironton High School Saturday night. Just a few days after clinching a share of the SOC II title, the Lady Jeeps fell short against the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers.
In a closely contested game, the Lady Fighting Tigers tried several times to pull away from the Lady Jeeps but weren’t able to do that until the final moments of the game, when South Webster was forced to foul to stop the clock.
“Well, you know, they’re a powerhouse,” South Webster coach Kristie Johnson said. “They’re coming in undefeated and we went into it looking at it like, okay voting is over, it’s not a conference game, and this is strictly for us to get better for tournaments.”
Johnson thought it was a great atmosphere for both teams, noting it felt like a tournament game all around.
Ironton came out from the beginning trying to control the tempo and physicality of the game, which they were mostly successful.
“They’re a great team,” Johsnon said. “We held with them in the first half, and then we let them have a little run in the third quarter.”
Ironton held a three-point lead at the end of the first, 14-11, and then only had a single point lead at halftime, 28-27.
After South Webster tied the game at 30 with 6:21 left in the third quarter, Ironton was able to go on a brief run. The Lady Fighting Tigers put together a 9-point run which was stopped by a Madelyn Stamper score to cut the Ironton lead to 39-32.
From there, Ironton extended their lead to 11 points, 43-32, with just shy of two minutes left in the third quarter.
By the end of the third, South Webster continued to trail Ironton, 43-34.
“We stayed with them after that run, but the problem is you can’t break down, and let them have those runs,” Johnson said. “I’m pleased with the girls and pleased with their effort, and they definitely showed us the things we need to fix before next Thursday.”
South Webster would cut the Ironton lead to six points, 47-41, in the fourth quarter after a Cheyenne Weakley three-pointer, with 2:53 remaining in the game.
That would be as close as they South Webster Lady Jeeps could get to Ironton for the remainder of the game, as the Lady Jeeps were forced to foul to stop the clock and Ironton began to hit several free throws in the last minutes of the game.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Lady Fighting Tigers defeated the Lady Jeeps, 57-46.
South Webster will have to wait to find out who their first opponent will be in the sectional tournament, as they will face the winner of Eastern Pike and Paint Valley on Thursday evening.
“We’re not looking ahead,” said Johnson. “That’s the first game, and that’s the one we’ve got to take care of.”
Ironton – Banner 10-4-25, Scott 5-4-16, Webb 4-0-10, Hannan 1-0-2, Wise 1-0-2, Keith 1-0-2
South Webster – Hall 3-5-12, E. Johnson 5-1-11, Weakley 4-0-11, K. Johnson 3-2-8, Stamper 1-2-4
Three-point field goals – Ironton 8 (Wise 3, Webb 2, Scott 2, Banner) South Webster 4 (Weakley 3, Hall)
Reach Michael Hamilton at 740-353-3101, ext 1931, or on Twitter @MikeHamilton82.