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March 6, 2014

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Ashland turns up defense in second half, beats Fleming

MOREHEAD —

One saw very little of the court a year ago at this time, and the other wasn't even on the team. 

But when Ashland desperately needed to ratchet up its defense to tame the streaking Panthers of Fleming County, Mykasa Robinson and Chelsea Woodson proved to be suited for the task.

The Kittens stymied Fleming County in the second half, allowing only four field goals and 11 total points over the final 16 minutes en route to a 57-39 win in the 16th Region Tournament semifinals at Morehead State's Ellis T. Johnson Arena on Thursday.

Ashland punched a ticket into the region championship game for the fourth consecutive season. The two-time defending champions face East Carter tonight at 7.

"We said from Day 1 that if we win it, defense is going to be what does it," said Ashland coach Bill Bradley. "They really took that to heart in the second half."

After fighting from nine points down to trim the margin to 31-28 by halftime, Fleming County's shooting aim went arctic. The Panthers were 4-for-19 as they saw the game steadily slip away.

"We just couldn't get (shots) to fall," said Panthers coach Kristy Orem. "Their shots were falling, and when they got a 10-point lead, we couldn't play our zone because they were just going to stay out there and play with (the ball) all day."

Haley-Sue Foutch was again the high scorer for Ashland. The junior notched 18 points and 11 rebounds to follow up a 17-point effort against Lewis County. Nine of Thursday's points came in the initial 5:30 of the contest.

Eighth-grader Mykasa showed off more of the Robinson family talent — her sister is junior point guard Alexis — with a career-high 16 points.

Orem, though, described a Woodson 3-pointer from the left corner as a turning point midway through the third period. The triple put Ashland ahead 38-30 with 3:56 left in the quarter.

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