ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The Meigs girls basketball team suffered its fourth straight setback while also being swept by visiting Athens Monday night following a 64-26 decision in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The host Lady Marauders (3-10, 0-6 TVC Ohio) led 2-0 after Kelsey Hudson made a basket at the 6:45 mark of the opening stanza, but the Lady Bulldogs (15-0, 6-0) followed by scoring the next 15 points en route to a 15-4 edge after eight minutes of play.
MHS was never closer the rest of the way, as Athens used a 27-10 second quarter surge to secure its biggest lead of the half at 42-14 entering the break.
AHS kept that momentum going forward after halftime, as the guests went on a 13-4 third quarter run to establish a 55-18 cushion entering the finale. The Lady Bulldogs twice led by as many as 40 points down the stretch and closed regulation with a small 9-8 spurt, wrapping up the 38-point outcome.
Athens claimed a season sweep of Meigs after posting a 75-35 victory at AHS back on December 5, 2013.
The Lady Bulldogs claimed a sizable 55-26 edge in total rebounds, which included a favorable 27-8 advantage on the offensive glass. The guests also forced 22 MHS turnovers while committing just 11 themselves.
Meigs connected on 12-of-49 field goal attempts for 24 percent, including an 0-for-10 effort from behind the arc. The hosts were also 2-of-9 at the charity stripe for 22 percent.
Kelsey Hudson led MHS with 10 points, followed by Brook Andrus with eight points and Morgan Russell with four markers. Ariel Ellis and Daniell Morris rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
Andrus hauled in a team-high seven rebounds, while Hudson led the hosts with two assists and two steals. Andrus also had two steals in the setback.
AHS — which missed its first seven shots of the game — finished the night 22-of-70 from the field for 31 percent, including a 3-of-17 effort from behind the arc for 18 percent. The guests were also 17-of-26 at the charity stripe for 65 percent.
Hannah DeBruin paced the Lady Bulldogs with a game-high 19 points, followed by Dominique Doseck with 12 points and Alyse Lutz with seven markers. Rachel Gilkey and Olivia Harris also chipped in seven and five points, respectively, for the guests, who had 10 different players score in the triumph.