Prep girls basketball: Warren loses to Jackson

VINCENT – The Jackson Ironladies clinched the 2013-2014 South Eastern Ohio Athletic League title and did so in convincing fashion Friday night as they traveled to Vincent and rolled to a 73-45 victory over the Warren Lady Warriors.

Jackson opened with back-to-back 20-11 quarters to take an 18-point halftime lead before fighting off a third quarter Warren rally to remain undefeated in SEOAL play.

The Lady Warriors had no answer at all for Jackson’s Lydia Poe as the 6-foot-2 post player scored 25 points, pulled down 19 rebounds and blocked six shots.

“She (Poe) is not just a one-dimensional player,” said Warren head coach Amy Colgrove of Poe.

“She is a great passer and can score from anywhere. She is a very tough match up for us.”

Jackson scored the first seven points of the game before a three-point play by Adrienne Lang got the royal blue and white on the scoreboard.

After Poe connected on a field goal and a pair of freebies to extend the Jackson lead to eight, Warren junior Victoria Buzzard drained back-to-back triples to cut the lead to 11-9.

Poe put on a clinic for the rest of the quarter as she scored all nine points in a 9-2 Ironlady run that increased their lead to 20-11.

Kerrigan Hoover opened the second quarter with a three-ball for Jackson and after Sarah Proctor connected on one-of-two free throw attempts Jackson went on 13-5 run to increase the lead to 36-17 with less than two minutes to play in the half.

A basket by Katie Rauch off a Proctor assist and an old fashioned three-point play by Audrey Bowe trimmed the lead to 16 but Lauren Parks brought the first half to a close with an inside bucket to give the Ironladies a 40-22 lead.

With the stands packed as the Warren fans honored their five seniors, the Warriors did their best to make a game of it as they opened the third quarter with an 11-3 run to cut the lead to 10 at 43-33.

A three-ball from senior guard Kendra Lynch got things rolling for WHS in the third quarter and a Josey Riffle basket after a steal by Lang capped the rally.

“We didn’t hang our heads and we fought back strong there in the third quarter,” said Colgrove, of the Warrior rally. “We’re very young and inexperienced but I was very proud of the way we came back.”

Poe made nine-of ten shots from the charity stripe including a pair to send the lead back to 12 with three minutes to play in the third.

Jackson was fouled 26 times in the game by Warren and shot a respectable 69 percent (29-42) from the free throw line, while the Warriors managed to connect on just nine-of 25 foul shot attempts.

Madison Ridout and Hoover each connected on a pair to close out the third period with Jackson leading by 14 at 49-35.

Poe quickly dashed any Lady Warrior hopes of a fast start in the final eight minutes as the future Kent State Golden Flash scored four quick points to increase the lead to 18.

Lynch’s basket cut the lead to 16 but that was as close as Warren would get as Jackson out scored the Warriors 17-7 the rest of the way to secure the conference clinching victory.

Poe wasn’t the only Ironlady to complete a double-double as Ridout scored 16 points while pulling down 10 boards as Jackson (16-2, 7-0) won the battle of the boards by a healthy 49-20 margin.

Bowe led the way for Warren with 13 while Buzzard finished with nine.

The game marked the final home game for Warren seniors Lynch, Proctor, Taylor Foy, Kayla Bartmess, and Raelyn Gardner. “I’m extremely proud of our senior class,” said Colgrove, whose team slipped to 8-8 and 5-2 in conference play with the loss. “Jackson is a very good basketball team but I was proud of our effort.”

Things won’t get much easier this afternoon for the Lady Warriors as they play host to the undefeated Athens Lady Bulldogs.