STEWART, Ohio — The Lancer defense certainly saved its best for last.
The Southern boys basketball team amassed 42 points through the first three quarters of Tuesday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Federal Hocking. However, the Tornadoes were held to just four points in the final period as the host Lancers took the 48-46 victory in dramatic fashion.
Southern (2-1, 1-1 TVC Hocking) held the 16-9 lead after the opening period but Federal Hocking (1-1, 1-0) cut the lead to 30-25 at halftime. The Maroon and Gold cut the Tornado lead to two points heading into the finale and with an 8-to-4 fourth quarter Federal Hocking claimed the 48-46 victory.
Tristen Wolfe led the Tornadoes with 15 points, followed by Zac Beegle with 11 and Taylor McNickle with six. Jack Lemley marked four points, Trenton Deem and Chandler Drummer each had three, while Dennis Teaford and Casey Pickens each finished with two markers to round out the SHS total.
Southern shot 18-of-57 (31.6 percent) from the field including 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) from three point range. Wolfe hit a pair of three pointers, while Deem, McNickle and Beegle each made one. Southern was 5-of-10 (50 percent) from the charity stripe in the setback.
The Purple and Gold pulled down 26 rebounds, led by Wolfe and Drummer with six apiece, while committing just nine turnovers. Southern’s defense was led by Wolfe with two blocks and six steals, with Drummer also marking two blocked shots. Wolfe paced Southern with six assists.
The FHHS scoring was led by Delbert Crum with 16 points, including the game winning two pointer in the fourth period. Cliff Bonner had 11 points, Peyton Seel marked eight, while Ivan Santiago finished with seven. Alex Nichols marked four points, while Taylor Gates had two, rounding out the Lancers scoring.
Federal Hocking shot 17-of-41 (41.5 percent) from the field, including 5-of-15 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc. FHHS was 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) from the free throw line and had 19 turnovers in the win. The Lancers grabbed 34 rebounds, led by Nichols and Seel with eight each, while Seel had the team’s lone blocked shot. Crum, Seel and Bonner each had a pair of steals for the victors.
Southern will look for revenge on January 28, when the Lancers visit Racine.