RACINE, Ohio — One team is on a winning streak, the other can’t stop the skid.
The Southern boys basketball team earned its fourth straight victory Tuesday day night topping Tri-Valley Conference Hocking division guest South Gallia by a score of 69-38. The Rebels have now lost five straight decisions after starting the year 5-1.
South Gallia (5-6, 4-3 TVC Hocking) jumped out to a 9-6 lead at the 4:40 mark of the opening stanza but Southern (8-2, 5-1) closed the quarter with 11-0 run. The Purple and Gold widened their lead in the second quarter, anchored by Taylor McNickle with 12 points in the period. The Tornadoes held a 44-19 lead at halftime.
The Tornadoes expanded their lead even further in the third quarter and led by 26 points with eight minutes to play. The Purple and Gold led by 35 halfway through the fourth period and they cruised to the 69-38 triumph.
The SHS scoring was led by Taylor McNickle with 23 points, 17 of which came in the first half. Tristen Wolfe had 15 points, Dennis Teaford added nine, while Chandler Drummer and Trenton Deem each marked six. Zac Beegle marked five points, Tanner Roush had three and Jack Lemley added two, rounding out the victors.
Southern shot 21-of-48 (43.8 percent) from the field and 23-of-34 (67.6 percent) from the field. As a team Southern had 35 rebounds, 15 steals, 14 assists, 13 turnovers and five blocks.
Wolfe led the Tornadoes with nine rebounds, followed by Casey Pickens and Teaford with five each. Wolfe also led Southern with nine assists, followed by Bradley McCoy with two. Defensively SHS was led by Wolfe with four steals and two blocks. Teaford also had two blocks, while McNickle picked up four steals.
The Rebels were led by Devin Lucas with nine points on a trio of three-pointers. Brayden Greer had six points, Landon Hutchinson marked five, while Corey Rhoades and Ethan Swain each marked four. Mikey Wheeler and Joseph Ehman added three points, each, while Ethan Spurlock had two points in the setback.
South Gallia shot 11-of-46 (23.9 percent) from the field and 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the free throw line. SGHS pulled down 26 rebounds, while marking nine assists, four steals, 22 turnovers and two blocks.
Gus Slone led South Gallia with five rebounds, followed by Greer with four. Greer had a team-high seven assists, while Wheeler led the defense with a steal and a block.
All five of Southern’s league wins this season have been by double digits. The Tornadoes and Waterford are the only TVC-Hocking teams with one league loss this season. This is the third time this year SHS has won a game by a margin of over 25 points.
The 31-point loss is South Gallia’s biggest setback of the season, the previous was 16 points at Buffalo.
These teams will meet again on February 7, in Mercerville.