JACKSON - Despite not shooting lights out, Vinton County continued its hot streak coming into Jackson, as the Lady Vikings rolled past the Ironladies 48-19 on Thursday to remain unbeaten on the season.
"Tonight was a slow and sluggish game. We've been off for a little while and we couldn't get any rhythm going," said Vinton County head coach Rodd Bentley. "Hats off to Jackson on their zone and their good-nosed defense."
With the win, the Lady Vikings improved to 11-0 on the season, while the Ironladies, who have lost their fifth in a row, dropped to 5-8 on the season.
Erin Jones, who shot 5-of-5 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from beyond the three-point arc, led all scorers with 13 points and six steals for the Lady Vikings.
Morgan Bentley had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Cassie had seven points and finished in double figures in rebounds with 12. She also had two assists and four steals.
In addition, Darian Radabaugh and Josie Ousley each had four points, while Emily Jones and Belle Lambert added three points each. Lexi Erickson and Kendall Fee rounded out the scoring for Vinton County with two and one points respectively.
Marley Haynes scored 2:18 into the game to give Jackson the early lead.
However, Radabaugh hit a three-pointer with 4:54 left in the opening quarter that ignited a 12-2 run and the Lady Vikings never trailed the rest of the way.
After hitting just 5-of-21 (.238) from the floor in the first quarter, Vinton County made 4-of-15 (.266) attempts, led by six points from Erin Jones for a 24-7 halftime lead.
The Lady Vikings expanded on their lead in the in the third quarter, outscoring Jackson 12-5 to take a 36-12 advantage. Vinton County made 5-of-14 shots during the period.
The Lady Vikings also buried 2-of-7 attempts from beyond the three-point arc in the third, including one each from Morgan Bentley and Lambert.
Haynes, who had back-to-back baskets, led the Ironladies and with 12.9 seconds left, Taylor Evans made 1-of-2 free throws.
Evans led Jackson in the fourth quarter with five points, but the Ironladies were outscored 12-7, as Erickson closed out the scoring for the Lady Vikings with a basket in the final seconds for the 29-point win.
Vinton County shot 28.5 percent from the floor while holding Jackson to just 18.1 percent.
"They (Vinton County) are a really good team," said Jackson head coach Matt Walburn. "Coach Bentley does a heck of a job with his team."
Haynes scored a team-high eight points with 12 rebounds to lead the Ironladies. Evans added six points, Raegan Hall had three points and Raylene Hammond had two.
The Lady Vikings held a slim 38-37 advantage on the boards, including 16-8 on the offensive glass. Vinton County's defense also forced 28 turnovers and had 18 steals
"Hats off to our girls tonight," Bentley said. "We showed a variety of press looks and defenses. It kind of took its toll and caused some turnovers tonight."
Coach Walburn said he knew when Rebekah Green went down with her injury that his team would face a lot of pressing defenses.
"We just have to try to find a way to get better against it," said Walburn. "Right now, it's tough but I thought we did ok against their press. It's a challenge for us, as well as frustrating, but we are going to keep working to try to get better."
Vinton County will travel to Ross County to take on Unioto on Saturday, while the Ironladies return to Frontier Athletic Conference play at Greenfield-McClain.
Alexander 54, Jackson 19
ALBANY - The Alexander Spartans proved a tough matchup for Jackson, as the Ironladies lost 54-19 in a non-league girls' basketball game on Wednesday night.
The Lady Spartans, who improved to 9-2 overall with the win, led 25-9 at halftime.
With the loss, Jackson dropped to 5-7 on the season.
The Ironladies were outscored 29-10 in the second half.
Reagan Hall scored a team-high seven points to lead the Ironladies. Raylene Hammond and Marley Haynes each had three points, while Mariah Ridgeway, Taylor Evans and Elizabeth Fout chipped in with two points apiece.
Alexander had 10 players reach the scoring column, led by McKena Rice and Rachel Richardson with 16 and 14 points respectively.