JACKSON – The Jackson Ironladies overcame a slow start on Monday before cruising to a 43-27 win over Hillsboro in a Frontier Athletic Conference girls’ basketball game.

“This was a win we had to have tonight. We are on the outside in the league, looking in at 2-2,” said Jackson head coach Matt Walburn. “We won five games in two years and this was our fifth win tonight with a young group. People can sit a pick if they want, but right now, we are just trying to get wins.

“This league is probably going to be decided in the next 7 to 10 days, and hopefully, we can keep our noses in it.”

Freshman TJ Carpenter led the way for Jackson, as she recorded a team-leading 15 points.

The Ironladies shot 45 percent from the field and was 5 of 10 from beyond the three-point arc. Along with Carpenter’s strong offensive performance, freshman Sydney Hughes had nine points and freshman Kenzie Davis added eight points. Davis also had eight rebounds, two steals, and a block.

Mattie Walburn grabbed eight rebounds to go along with two assists and one steal, while finishing with six points for the Ironladies.

Jackson point guard Katelyn Webb, who left with an injury in the second quarter, returned in the second half to finish with five points and had five steals.

“She has been fighting a nagging ankle injury that started about a month ago,” Walburn said. “Fortunately, she was able to come back in the second half.

“I’ve said it from day one – we feed off of her (Webb) defensive energy and effort. It was proven tonight.”

The Ironladies led 11-10 after the first eight minutes of play, as Carpenter led the charge with six first-quarter points. Hughes added a three-pointer, and Webb had a steal that led to an easy layup heading into the second quarter.

Jackson erupted in the second quarter, hitting 8 of 14 shots, including three-pointers by Webb, Walburn, and Hughes to lead 31-17 at halftime. The Ironladies outscored Hillsboro 20-7 during the period with the aid of an 18-5 run, led by Carpenter, who finished the half with 10 points.

“I didn’t realize that,” Walburn said about his team outscoring Hillsboro 20-7 in the second quarter. “We started the game with a 6-0 lead, and then we kind of went flat, as they (Hillsboro) went on a 7-0 run.

“It was a one-point game at the end of the first quarter and we were up by 14 at the half.”

There was little offensive production by either team in the second half, as the Ironladies held the Lady Indians to just four points in the third quarter and won the scoring battle 12-10 in the half.

Jackson forced 23 turnovers in the contest, while out-rebounding Hillsboro 30-29.

Gracie Dean finished with a team-high 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lady Indians.

The Ironladies will remain at home to take on Greenfield-McClain on Wednesday. The game will air on WKOV-96.7 FM.

Miami Trace 45, Jackson 36

The Jackson Ironladies dropped a 45-36 decision against Frontier Athletic Conference leader Miami Trace on Saturday. With the loss, Jackson falls to 4-8 overall, 1-2 in the conference, while the Lady Panthers improved to 5-4, 3-0.

Mattie Walburn paced two Ironladies in double figures with 11 points.

Sydney Hughes added 10 points, while TJ Carpenter chipped in seven points, and Kenzie Davis had six points.

Magarah Bloom led Miami Trace with a game-high 18 points, while Hilery Jacobs and Emma Pitstick had eight and seven points, respectively.

Neither team held an advantage after the opening eight-minutes of play, as the game was tied 8-8.

However, Jackson led 16-14 with 2:57 to play in the half, before Miami Trace captured the lead and went into halftime with a 19-18 advantage.

Jackson led 20-19 early in the third quarter, before Miami Trace used a 5-0 run to take a 24-20 advantage with 5:07 left to play in the period.

The Ironladies rallied to tie the game at 24-24 with 1:05 remaining, but Miami Trace closed with a 5-0 run to lead, 29-25, heading into the fourth quarter.

Miami Trace pushed its lead to 39-29 with a little over three-minutes left, but Jackson did not go down without a fight, as they closed the gap to six points.

However, the Lady Panthers pushed the lead to nine to secure the 45-36 win.