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January 12, 2014

Ashland, Boyd girls net impressive wins

Lady Lions rally from 16 down


FAIRLAND, Ohio — ASHLAND        14    14    15    12      —    55

CENTENNIAL        7     18    11    16       —    52

Ashland (55) — A. Robinson 22, Foutch 19, Garrison 8, Young 3, M. Robinson  3.  3-PT Fgs: 6 (A. Robinson 2, Foutch 2, M. Robinson 1, Young 1). FT: 7-9.

Centennial (52) — Dean 17, Robertson 12, Brown 11, Thompson 6, Luances 6.  3-PT Fgs: 1 (Brown 1). FT: 8-14.

Boyd County 61

Newark Catholic 60

Game two of Saturday’s Hoops Classic at Fairland went from being a rout to a barnburner throughout the course of the game.

Trailing by as many as 16 in the second quarter, Boyd County stayed the course, fighting its way back to an overtime win. Freshman Alexis Lunsford gave Boyd County its first lead of the day, at 61-60, which ended up being the final score.

Minus Destiny Goins, their main post presence, the Lady Lions found themselves outsized, with the Green Wave (9-1) consisting of three 6-footers on its roster.

Newark Catholic’s twin tower combo of Jill Blacksten and Ashleigh Parkinson were a big problem for Boyd in the first half. Blacksten, who had a game-high 23, picked up 13 first-half points, while Parkinson battled her way to eight. All together, 21 of the Green Wave’s 25 first-half points were scored by the tandem.

Down by eight to start the fourth quarter, Boyd County found sanctuary in its defense and from beyond the arc, connecting on four 3-pointers in the period.

Trailing by one after a lay-in by Taylor Wheeler, a turnover by the Lady Lions with less than 12 seconds to go allowed Newark Catholic to push its lead to 56-53 when Blacksten drained both attempts on a double bonus.

Without having scored a point in the quarter, guard Houston Reeves made the biggest basket of the night, completing the comeback with a three from the top of the key as time expired, providing Boyd County an extra four minutes to steal a win.

“I didn’t even think twice about it,” Reeves said. “Coach (Pete Fraley) just told us to shoot it if we got it. I was nervous when I let it go and my hands were shaking, but it went in and that was a great feeling.”

In overtime, the Green Wave struck first when Blacksten picked up four points in the first 1:30 to give her team a 60-56 advantage.

Another three by Reeves pulled the Lady Lions within one before they were able to force a turnover and foul, putting the game in the hands of Lunsford at the free-throw line.

With 29 seconds to go, Lunsford gave Boyd County a decisive 61-60 lead.

Fraley said he owes this win to his team’s refusal to give up.

“We may not be the most talented bunch in the world, but we’re scrappy and we don’t quit,” Fraley said. “We’d dug ourselves a pretty big hole early, but these girls just kept pushing and fighting. What can I say, this is a resilient team, and this was a good team win for us.”

Boyd County (9-4) saw four players hit double figures on the night, with Taylor Wheeler leading the way with 15 points. Reeves had 14, while Lunsford scratched the scorebooks for 13. Logan Fraley contributed a big third quarter, connecting on three from long range. She finished with 11.

Blacksten led all scorers with 26 for Newark Catholic (9-2), while Parkinson tallied 14 before fouling out in the fourth.


BOYD CO.    4    15    17    20    5    —    61

NEWARK CATH.    11    13    20    10    4    —    60

Boyd County (61) — T. Wheeler 15, Reeves 14, Lunsford 13, Fraley 11, Caldwell 4, Shavers 2, S. Wheeler 2.  3-PT Fgs: 10 (Reeves 4, Fraley 3, Lunsford 3,  Foutch 2, M. Robinson 1, Young 1). FT: 9-14.

Newark Catholic (60) — Blacksten 26, Parkinson 14, Bourne 11, Durbin 7, Andrews 2.  3-PT Fgs: 4 (Bourne 2, Durbin 2). FT: 8-11.

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