ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The difference came down the stretch.
The Meigs boys basketball team used a 37-23 second half charge to turn a tightly-contested one-possession halftime lead into a comfortable 71-54 victory over visiting Southern Saturday night in a non-conference matchup at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The Marauders (4-3) shot 46 percent from the field and had five players contribute at least seven points to the winning cause, helping the hosts get back above the .500 mark while also snapping a two-game winning streak for the Tornadoes.
Meigs jumped out to a small 17-14 edge after eight minutes of play, then both teams traded 17 points apiece in the second canto — allowing MHS to secure a small 34-31 edge at the break.
The Marauders took control of the contest in the third stanza after using a 19-8 run to establish a sizable 53-39 cushion headed into the finale. SHS (4-2) was never closer than four possessions the rest of the way as Meigs closed regulation with an 18-15 spurt to wrap up the 17-point triumph.
MHS connected on 23-of-50 field goal attempts, including a 4-of-11 effort from three-point range for 36 percent. The hosts were also 18-of-28 at the free throw line for 64 percent.
Kaileb Sheets led Meigs with a game-high 24 points, followed by Damon Jones with 20 points and Jordan Hutton with 10 markers. Cody Bartrum and Isaiah English respectively added eight and seven points to the winning cause, while Ty Phelps rounded out the scoring with two markers.
Jones hauled in a team-high 12 rebounds for the Marauders, while Phelps dished out seven assists and Sheets came away with four steals.
Taylor McNickle paced Southern with 15 points, followed by Tristen Wolfe and Dennis Teaford with 13 markers apiece. Bradley McCoy and Zac Beegle respectively chipped in five and four points, while Trenton Deem added two markers.
Jack Lemley and Casey Pickens rounded out the SHS scoring with a point apiece. The guests were 11-of-22 at the charity stripe for 50 percent.
The Tornadoes committed 14 turnovers in the setback, compared to 11 giveaways by the Marauders.