Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

February 2, 2014

Busy Kittens show balance to win again

IRONTON — A little persistence can go a long way.

Playing their third game in three days, the Ashland Kittens were slow to start Saturday afternoon, but dug their claws in midway through the game.

After trailing 16-9 to end the first quarter, the rest of the game was all Ashland, as the Kittens controlled every facet of the game to grab a 61-47 victory over Logan (Ohio) in the Tackett’s Body Shop Shootout at Ironton High School.

Instead of a big two Saturday, Ashland had a big four, with four of its players tallying double figures in the effort.

“This was an all-around team effort for us, and that’s what you want to see as a coach,” said Ashland coach Bill Bradley.

One of those players was Shelby Gransbery, who helped lead the charge in the second quarter, scoring six points to help give her team the momentum it needed headed into halftime as Ashland cut Logan’s lead to 26-24.

“I think we did a really good job of coming back there in the second quarter,” Gransbery said. “Our shots weren’t really falling, so we knew we needed to focus on our defense because we were having some problems offensively.”

With four steals for Alexis Robinson in the second period, defense did turn out to be the catalyst to turn the tide.

After the Lady Chiefton’s Ashley Frasure and Allison McNeil scored eight apiece in the first quarter, the Ashland defense allowed just two from the duo the following quarter. 

Trailing 24-20 with under two minutes to go before halftime, a steal by Robinson led to a lay in for Gransberry, followed up with another steal for Robinson who knotted things up at 24 apiece with a lay in of her own.

Though the momentum had swung Ashland’s way, Logan’s Paige Davis kept her team in front with a nice drive as the buzzer sounded.

After the break, the Kittens’ defense tightened, allowing just seven points with a smothering presence on the defensive end. After relinquishing a one-point lead early in the third, a pair of free throws by Gransberry with 5:44 to go gave her team a 30-29 advantage.

From there, Ashland saw its lead swell to as high as many as 16 in the fourth quarter, icing the victory with a couple of late threes by Mykassa Robinson and Alex Young.

Bradley attributes the turn of the tide in the second half to his team's strong physical shape.

“Our conditioning really was our biggest ally today,” Bradley said.  “I thought they got kind of tired in the second half, and we were really able to take advantage of that, forcing a few steals that led to easy baskets for us.”

Gransbery led the way for Ashland (15-5), tallying 16 points. Alexis Robninson and Haley-Sue Foutch each had 13, while Mykassa Robinson rounded out the double figures quartet with 12. Robinson also had four blocks and eight steals.

Logan’s Frasure led all scorers with 20 points, while McNeal and Taylor Myers contributed 10 apiece.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Golf scramble will benefit Paramount Arts Center

    Paramount Woman’s Association’s seventh annual Ladies’ Golf Scramble is scheduled for Aug. 11 at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 30, 2014

  • Kittens call on Ingram

    Somebody had to follow Dave Miller.
    Scott Ingram is pleased to be the coach to fill the vacancy for the man who built Ashland Blazer softball into a perennial state Top 25 program. The Kittens have won the 16th Region championship every year since 2009.

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729kypgaJr0034.jpg Golfers go out with an encore

    Evan Goble said he “wasn’t completely ready for a playoff” on Monday.
    That didn’t stop him from holing two pressure-packed playoff putts to win the 13-14-year-old division of the final event of the summer on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour at Bellefonte Country Club.
     

    July 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • EKC Grid-O-Rama set for Aug. 15-16

    The annual Eastern Kentucky Conference football scrimmage contests are set for Aug. 15-16 at Fleming County and Raceland.

    July 29, 2014

  • Holliday embraces high expectations

    As Marshall football prepares to return to the gridiron to begin fall practice Aug. 4, this season the program finds itself labeled something that it has not been in many years: a favorite.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mobley, Jude key for EKU

    Eastern Kentucky coach Dean Hood has revamped the Colonels’ defense in hopes of containing OVC opponents’ spread offenses.

    July 29, 2014

  • ZACK KLEMME: Punchless Reds wasting solid pitching

    The last nine days have been an exercise in understanding just how slim the margin for error is for baseball teams — even good ones — that can’t score.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726fbPrac0079.jpg Practice rolls on as kickoff approaches in less than 5 weeks

    As high school football teams strap on helmets and prepare for Friday nights next month, the theme of the first couple of weeks of practice for most is simple.
    You gotta work. Hard.
    And if you don’t, it’ll be exposed come Aug. 22.
    “Everybody looks good in helmets,” Ashland coach Tony Love said with a grin. “We’re all undefeated. There’s a lot of work to get done.
    “Our coaches and kids, we all know it, and that’s why they’re here and we’re here, and we’re gonna push hard every day.”

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • kenzie-breaststroke.jpg Pennington makes push for Nationals

    Swimmer Kenzie Pennington had one last chance to make the cut for this year’s YMCA Long Course National Championships.
    The 15-year-old from Ashland didn’t disappoint.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Salyers shoots 75 for title at Lakeside

    Baylee Salyers of Flatwoods shot a 3-over par 75 at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday to win the Girls Open division of the Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event.

    July 24, 2014