MASON, W.Va. — The current seniors on the Wahama and Southern girls basketball teams had just celebrated Christmas as seven- or eight-year olds the last time this happened.
The Lady Tornadoes ended a pair of decade-long droughts Wednesday night following an impressive 59-12 victory over host Wahama in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Mason County.
Southern (11-6, 8-4 TVC Hocking) never trailed in the contest and had nine different players reach the scoring column, as the guests stormed out to a 23-0 first quarter advantage and never looked back. The Lady Falcons (0-15, 0-11) trailed 23-1 after eight minutes of play and didn’t make their first field goal until 2:42 remained in the first half.
The outcome allowed SHS to claim its first win at Wahama since the fourth annual Bob’s Market Holiday Tournament was held during the final week of the 2003 calendar year. The 2003-04 campaign was also the last time that the Lady Tornadoes claimed a season sweep of Wahama before Wednesday night, as SHS posted a 61-21 victory at home back on December 12.
Southern led 17-0 four minutes into regulation and was ahead 23-0 with less than a minute left in the opening stanza. Nena Hunt netted a free throw with four ticks remaining, allowing Wahama to finally get on the scoreboard.
Sierra Cleland capped a 12-0 run with a free throw at the 4:41 mark of the second frame, giving the Lady Tornadoes their largest lead of the first half at 35-1. Sierra Carmichael followed with the hosts’ first basket two minutes later, which sparked a 7-2 run for Carmichael over the final three minutes — making it a 37-8 contest at the break.
SHS opened the second half with a small 6-0 run, but Bunni Peters sank two free throws at the 2:13 mark for a 43-10 contest. The guests closed the third quarter with a 10-0 run to secure a 53-10 lead headed into the finale.
Both teams went mostly without starters down the stretch, and SHS made a 6-2 run to wrap up the season-best 47-point triumph. Southern has now won two straight and 5-of-7 overall as well.
Celestia Hendrix led the guests with a game-high 15 points, 13 of which came in the first quarter. Faith Teaford was next with nine points, followed by Macie Michael with eight markers. Sierra Cleland also had seven points for the victors, who were 11-of-20 at the free throw line for 55 percent.
Jordan Huddleston and Ali Deem were next with five points apiece, while Darien Diddle contributed four markers. Maci Marcinko and Jansen Wolfe rounded out the winning tally with two points each.
Sierra Carmichael paced Wahama with seven points, all of which came in the second quarter. Bunni Peters was next with four points, while Nena Hunt rounded out the scoring with one marker.
The Lady Falcons — who had previously won eight of the last 10 against SHS before this season — were 6-of-16 at the charity stripe for 38 percent.