BIDWELL, Ohio — It’s never over until it’s over.
The Southern boys basketball team overcame a 22-point first half deficit with a 40-20 second half surge Saturday night en route to a come-from-behind 63-62 victory over host River Valley in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The visiting Tornadoes (4-1) started poorly, as the Raiders (2-4) stormed out to a 26-17 edge after eight minutes of play before using a 16-6 second quarter surge to secure a comfortable 42-23 cushion at the break. RVHS led 42-20 at one point late in the second canto.
Southern made its biggest run of the night in the third period, as Taylor McNickle netted four trifectas while sparking a 26-12 charge — allowing the guests to close to within 54-49 headed into the finale. SHS closed regulation with a 14-8 run to complete the comeback for the one-point triumph.
The Tornadoes connected on 22-of-55 field goal attempts for 40 percent, including a 6-of-13 effort from three-point range for 46 percent. McNickle made all six of Southern’s trifectas in the victory, five of which came in the second half.
McNickle led the guests with a game-high 25 points, followed by Tristen Wolfe with 11 points and Dennis Teaford with seven markers. Zac Beegle also added six points to the winning cause, while Trenton Deem and Jack Lemley each contributed four markers.
Bradley McCoy and Casey Pickens rounded out the winning tally with three points apiece. SHS also claimed a 27-23 overall edge in rebounding and went 13-of-20 from the free throw line for 65 percent.
Tyler Twyman paced RVHS with 23 points, followed by Seann Roberts with 11 points and John Qualls with nine markers. Justin Rusk and Dayton Hardway also chipped in respective totals of six and five markers.
Kirk Morrow contributed three points for the hosts, while Jordan Howell and Cody Lee rounded things out with two points apiece. The Raiders were 5-of-12 at the free throw line for 42 percent and committed 11 turnovers, compared to 13 by the guests.