KENZIE DAVIS
KENZIE DAVIS

ATHENS – Up by four points going into the fourth quarter, Jackson used a 16-8 run to defeat Athens, 44-32, in a non-league girls’ basketball game on Thursday night at Athens High School’s McAfee Gymnasium.

The Ironladies got back-to-back baskets by Mattie Walburn to take an eight-point lead early in the fourth.

Then Katelyn Webb connected on a three-pointer for a 35-24 advantage, and Kenzie Davis, who scored seven straight points, hit a pair of free throws with 2:21 left to cement the victory for Jackson.

Davis, who finished with a double-double, led all scorers with 15 points for Jackson. She also grabbed 11 rebounds and had four steals, with two blocked shots.

Walburn scored nine points, Carpenter eight, Webb five, and Sydney Hughes three, while Taylor Evans and Maycee Burnside had two points each for Jackson. Kesi Federspiel finished with 10 points for Athens.

Jackson led 11-6 after one-quarter of play and increased its lead to 22-13 at halftime after outscoring Athens 11-7 in the second quarter.

However, the Lady Bulldogs would rally to tie the game in the third quarter.

A three-pointer by Bailey Davis and a layup basket by Haylie Mills pulled Athens within two at 22-20.

Mills, who scored on a putback basket with 4:04 left tied the game, 22-22.

The Ironladies closed the quarter with a 6-0 run on the heels of Carpenter, who scored on three consecutive baskets for a 28-22 lead.

Jackson shot 25.9 percent (15 of 58) and was 2-for-8 from three points range, while Athens shot 26.1 percent (12 of 46) for the game.

Athens won the rebounding battle, 44-37.

The Ironladies continue its road trip in a Frontier Athletic Conference contest at Miami Trace on Saturday. Athens will host Wellston in a Tri-Valley Conference game on Saturday afternoon.