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 couldn’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, ZT’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 – 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.
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