IRONTON, Ohio — Came up a bit short.
Chase Walker’s 26 points led host Ironton St. Joe over the visiting Southern Tornandoes boys basketball team 64-57 in overtime during a non-conference contest on Saturday in Lawrence County.
The Flyers (2-4) led the Tornadoes (0-7) 11-6 after the first quarter. Jonah Hoback and Blake Johnson each had a three in the second quarter, but the home team led 30-20 heading into the break.
The Purple and Gold outscored the Flyers 18-4 in the third quarter to take a 38-34 lead into the fourth quarter. Walters took control of the game for Ironton with nine points in the period to send the contest into overtime.
Foul-shooting made the difference in the overtime period. The Tornandoes made 4-of-6 shots from the free-throw line, but Ironton’s 7-of-10 from the charity stripe contributed to the Flyers’ victory.
Crenson Rogers led the Purple and Gold with 15 points, followed by Dylan Smith with 13 points. Johnson finished the game with 10 points, while Trey Pickens had eight points. Hoback had five points and Clayton Wood finished with four points. Eli Hunter contributed two points for Southern.
After Walters, Isaac Whaley scored 12 points for the Flyers. Payton Adkins finished with eight points, while Trey Neal, Zac McGraw and Judge Williams each had five points. Clay Willis contributed three points for the home squad.
The Tornadoes will travel to Trimble on Tuesday.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106