JACKSON – In exciting fashion, the Jackson Ironladies defeated Miami Trace, 48-45, in overtime on Wednesday night.

Mattie Walburn, TJ Carpenter, and Kenzie Davis scored 14, 13, and 11 points, respectively, in the win. Walburn and Davis also added eight rebounds each, and Carpenter had seven for Jackson.

Katelyn Webb and Walburn hit clutch free throws at the end of the overtime for the Ironladies to cement the win.

“We lost by three at their place earlier in the year. It was a similar situation like tonight, as it came down to free throws,” said Jackson head coach Matt Walburn. “We have 10 wins right now, and we haven’t felt this energy since Coach (Madison) Jones was playing here. That is our last conference championship, and it is the last time we even thought about competing for one.”

The score was knotted at 29-29 to begin the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth game before a 4-0 run by the Ironladies gave them a 35-31 advantage with 3:02 left in regulation. Miami Trace stormed back to go ahead, 38-37, on a rebound and putback by Libby Aleshire with 23.8 seconds left.

Carpenter then tied the game with a free throw with 4.8 seconds remaining, but missed her second attempt, opening the window for Miami Trace. Kaelin Pfeifer ran the court and banked what appeared to be the game-winning shot, but she was called for pushing off against Webb, ultimately sending the game into the extra period.

Jackson scored six of the first nine points in the overtime, as Sydney Hughes hit a three-pointer to give the Ironladies a 44-41 lead with 2:07 to play. Miami Trace got to within one at 46-45, but the Lady Panthers, who was out of timeouts, received a technical foul after calling timeout with 2.1 seconds left.

From there, Walburn hit a pair of clutch free throws for Jackson to ice the game, 48-45.

“We didn’t play great tonight, but we stuck it out and figured out how to get a win,” said Walburn. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. It was a nice win for us.”

The key stat in the game came at the free-throw line. Jackson was clutch from the charity stripe, shooting 18 of 20 for the game, compared to a dismal 3 of 16 for Miami Trace.

“We are ending every practice where everyone has to make 50 free throws as a team,” Walburn said. “We are getting better (at the free-throw line), so we are repeating that motion and, it is paying off.”

Defensively, Miami Trace forced 20 turnovers and had 11 steals. Hillery Jacobs and Jessee Stewart led the defense for the Lady Panthers with three steals apiece.

Hillary McCoy and Jacobs scored 10 points each to lead Miami Trace on offense.

Miami Trace made 4 of 4 three-point attempts and held an 18-13 advantage after one-quarter of play.

Jackson held the Lady Panthers to just four points in the second quarter, while the Ironladies finished with two field goals and was 7 of 7 from the free-throw line. Walburn led Jackson with eight points in the first half and the Ironaldies held a 24-22 lead at the break.

Miami Trace outscored the Ironladies 7-5 in the third quarter and the two teams entered the final period knotted at 29-29.

Jackson shot 33 percent (14 of 42) from the field, including 20 percent (2 of 10) from three-point range. Miami Trace made 39 percent (18 of 46) of its shots, including 46 percent (6 of 13) from beyond the arc.

The Ironladies are now 10-4 overall and 6-1 in the Frontier Athletic Conference. Miami Trace dropped to 5-9 and 5-2 in conference play.

NOTABLE: Coach Walburn notched his 104th career coaching win at Jackson.

The Ironladies return to FAC action on Saturday at Greenfield-McClain. They return home to face Federal Hocking in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday.

Jackson 51, Alexander 43

ALBANY – The Jackson Ironladies survived a second-half rally by Alexander to win 51-43 on Monday night.

The Ironladies came out strong to open the game, making 13 of 14 shots from the field, building a 20-point advantage.

Jackson shot 77.7 percent (14 of 18) from the field in the first half to take a 32-15 lead at halftime.

The Ironladies pushed the lead to 19 points, 38-19, after Mattie Walburn made two free throws with 5:24 left in the third quarter when Alexander started their comeback.

The Lady Spartans used a 13-1 run to get to within seven, 39-32, after Kara Meeks scored to begin the fourth quarter.

Jackson was held to only two field goals in the final stanza, but the Ironladies made 8 of 12 free-throw attempts to seal the victory.