Offensive struggles headline tough day for Zane Trace Tigers defeat Pioneers in district title game
Ice cold shooting put Zane Trace in a hole Saturday afternoon that they couldnâ€™t get out of as the Lady Pioneers fell to the Lady Tigers of Ironton 50-30 in the Division III district title game at the Convo in Athens.
Ironton led 13-5 after one quarter and the Tigers stretched that led to 22-9 in the second quarter forcing Coach Dunkle to take a timeout. The Pioneers did respond knocking down two of the few perimeter shots that fell on the day. These came on three-pointers from Sierra Sigman and Amanda Prickett to cut the lead to 22-15. Ironton was able to slow the ZT push with four late free throws to end the half as the Tigers took a 26-15 lead at the break.
At the start of the second half, Zane Traceâ €™s offense looked as if it was starting to click. Two Erin Dailey field goals cut the Ironton lead to 26-19. Even after Ironton scored, ZTâ€™s McKenzee Tatman answered with a bucket and the Pioneers were down just 28-21.
This is when Ironton started the first of two mini-runs to put the game away. First, it was a 10-1 run to stretch the lead to 38- 22. Jessica Roepke slowed this run with a bucket, a block shot on the other end, and another bucket to bring the red, white, and blue back within 12 at 38-26 after three quarters. The Tigers then started another run â€“ this one a 12-2 spurt to seal the deal.
The constant all day was a great effort from ZT on the defensive end, but their inability to score the basketball consistently. No ZT player scored in double-figures as Tatman led the way with eight points and Sigman added seven points. The Pioneers finish the season at 17-6.