JACKSON - The Jackson Ironladies saw a 12-point second quarter lead vanish, as the Minford Lady Falcons stormed back for a 46-36 win on Wednesday night at Jackson High School.
Junior Rebekah Green set a new milestone in her career, becoming the fourth all-time scoring leader at Jackson.
Green, who scored a game-high 30 points, entered the contest needing just 17 points to pass former Jackson standout Brandy Caldwell and takeover the fourth spot on the career scoring list.
She obtained the feat on a basket midway in the third quarter, but Minford outscored the Ironladies 22-15 the rest of the way for the win.
Jackson head coach Matt Walburn said Green's performance is a testament to her tremendous work ethic.
She finished with seven field goals, including one three-pointer and was 15 of 16 from the free throw line.
The Ironladies (5-6) led by as many as 12 points after Green's layup basket midway through the second quarter. But Minford erased the deficit on a 31-9 scoring run, which extended through the third quarter, fueled by Erin Daniels and Ashley Blankenship.
Daniels and Blankenship led the Lady Falcons (8-3) with 22 and 12 points respectively to go along with 10 rebounds apiece.
"They are a real nice team. We knew that coming in," said Walburn. "Erin is a really nice player. Credit to her. We've seen them a couple of times and I had film on them so I knew what she was capable of. I'm not sure what Blankenship ended up with tonight, but a big portion of that is because we don't box out.
"Our top three keys are attitude and effort, which is always number one. If we don't have attitude and effort, we're not going to beat anybody. Number two is defense and number three is boxing out. We pretty much check marked the first two and the third one we need serious work on. I'm the head coach so I'll take the blame for that. If we're not boxing out well then I'm not doing my job in practice."
The Ironladies led 16-13 at halftime but fell cold in the third quarter, shooting just 2 of 5 from the field, as Minford took the lead at 17-16 with 7:08 left on back-to-back field goals by Daniels.
From there, the Lady Falcons finished out the third with an 18-9 run to take a 35-25 advantage.
Field goals by Marley Haynes and Green cut the lead to six to begin the fourth quarter, before Marissa Risner's three-pointer sparked an 11-4 run to give Minford a 46-33 lead with 1:30 left.
"We went to a 3-2 match-up zone against them, which was effective last year at their place," Walburn said. "I thought it was very effective tonight. They had only four points in a quarter and a-half, which is a complement to our effort and our defense of how active we were, but you play two halves for a reason.
"We go in at halftime right where we wanted to be. Kudos to our kids on their defensive effort, but we just didn't continue that effort in the second half and we have to get better."
The Ironladies will look to rebound from back-to-back losses this week when they open SEOAL play at Logan on Saturday.