Second half run boosts Dixie over Fillies Saturday night

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By Mike Aldridge

The Dixie Heights Lady Colonels picked up their second victory of the year Saturday night as they used an 18-2 run in the third and fourth periods to defeat the Harrison County Fillies 56-46.  
The 0-6 Fillies took an eight-point halftime lead into the third period but were outscored 19-6 in that period to lose the lead and eventually the ball game.
The game was one of two entirely different halves except for one constant for the Fillies. That was one of committing too many fouls.  
For the game, Harrison County committed 31 fouls to 16 for the Lady Colonels.  
This led to Dixie Heights making 24 of 38 attempts from the charity stripe while Harrison County was good on 13 of 20.  
The game was called closely by the three officials with the 47 total personal fouls and one technical on the Dixie Heights bench as proof.  
The Fillies and Lady Colonels were tied at the end of the first period as Harrison County’s Chelsea Ingram made six trips to the line in the opening period making five to lead the Fillies.  
Junior Jordan Doram also had five points in the first period on a three-pointer and another field goal as both teams tallied 13 points in the first stanza.
Although Doram went to the bench with more than five minutes remaining in the half with the Fillies trailing, the home squad rallied to out score Dixie Heights 15 to six to end the half with the 29-21 lead.  
Ingram had seven points in this period as she again went to the line seven times.  At the half, Harrison County had shot 15 free tosses while Dixie Heights had 11 opportunities.  
That all changed in the second half as junior power forward Alexis Strong went to work for the Lady Colonels scoring 17 of her 21 points after halftime.  
Strong was able to put her defender on her hip and either score or be fouled and sometimes do both.  
While she was doing this, the Fillies were trying different people on defense with little or no success.  
In the end, three Fillies were disqualified on fouls and the Lady Colonels had improved their record to 2-7.  
Each team had three players in double figures with Strong the leading scorer for the game with her 21-point, eight rebound effort.  
Senior guard Meggie Malone and sophomore forward Jaime Rife each added 12 points for the Lady Colonels.  
Doram led Harrison County with 15 points followed by Ingram’s 12, all in the first half, and sophomore Kassidy Cook’s 10 points.  
Turnovers were another problem for the Fillies as they committed 21 to 12 for Dixie Heights.
Coach Kim Furnish was disappointed with the loss.  
“We were once again ahead of a team going into the second half but could not maintain the momentum and put them away,” she said. “The girls seem to lose confidence when the other team makes a run and cannot keep their composure.”
The Fillies will travel next to Williamstown (3-5) on Wednesday to try to grab their first victory of the season before going to Pendleton County on Friday and Saturday for the Pendleton County varsity and junior varsity tournament.    
The freshman team and the junior varsity each matched up with Dixie Heights in the preliminary games. The freshmen lost by a 43-12 margin and the junior varsity fell by a 37-27 score.