RACINE, Ohio — For the first time in a decade the Lady Tornadoes have double digit wins.
The Southern girls basketball team overcame a slow start Monday night to take a 60-32 victory over visiting Meigs, making the Purple and Gold 10-6 on the year. The 2003-04 season when the SHS girls finished 16-7 was the last time the program had 10 or more wins.
The Lady Marauders (4-13) jumped out to a 10-2 lead through the first four minutes of the tilt, but Southern (10-6) answered with a13-0 run, including nine straight points from Celestia Hendrix, to end the first quarter.
Meigs was held to just one field goal in the second quarter, while the Lady Tornadoes expanded their lead to 25-16 at halftime.
The Lady Marauders posted 15 points in the third quarter but Southern hit a trio of three pointers and pushed its lead to 11 headed into the fourth.
The Lady Tornadoes opened up the game with a 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter. MHS outscored Southern 7-to-3 over the final three minutes of regulation but the Purple and Gold took the 60-38 victory.
The SHS scoring was led by Celestia Hendrix with 28 points, including 13 in the first quarter. Darien Diddle chipped in with eight points, Cierra Turley added six, while Hannah Hill and Jansen Wolfe both marked five. Jordan Huddleston finished with three points, while Faith Teaford and Macie Michael each had two and Sierra Cleland finished with one point.
The Lady Tornadoes shot 23-of-56 (41.1 percent) from the field, including 3-of-13 (23.1 percent) from beyond the arc. SHS was 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) from the free throw line, while turning the ball over 18 times. The Purple and Gold had 42 rebounds, 17 assists and 14 steals.
The SHS rebounding effort was paced by Hendrix with 13, followed by Wolfe and Teaford with seven each. Hannah Hill had a team-best four assists, followed by Turley, Wolfe and Hendrix with three each. Turley led the defense with five steals, while Hannah Hill had four.
The Lady Marauders were led by Kelsey Hudson with 11 and Brook Andrus with eight. Haiden English, Morgan Russell and Hannah Cremeans each had four points, while Sadie Fox and Ariel Ellis marked three apiece and Bre Colburn added one.
Meigs shot 12-of-57 (21.1 percent) from the field, 3-of-15 (20 percent) from three and 11-of-21 (52.4 percent) from the free throw line. The Lady Marauders had 34 rebounds, nine assists, 12 steals, one block and 19 turnovers. Andrus led MHS with 17 rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block.
This is the Lady Marauders first loss to a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division team this season, while this marks the Lady Tornadoes first win against a TVC Ohio opponent.