RACINE, Ohio — Finishing on a high note.
The Southern girls basketball season ended the regular season on a high note Monday night, defeating Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Belpre by a count of 68-51 in Racine.
The Lady Tornadoes (14-7, 11-5 TVC Hocking) never trailed in the game and led 19-to-11 at the end of the first quarter. Belpre (14-6, 9-6) hit a trip of three pointers in the second quarter but Southern scored 10 points from the field and 11 from the free throw line in to take the 40-22 lead into halftime.
The Lady Golden Eagles and Lady Tornadoes both marked 12 points in the third period, Cierra Turley scoring all of Southern’s. The Purple and Gold outscored BHS 16-to-10 in the fourth quarter to seal the 68-51 victory.
Celestia Hendrix led Southern with 22 points, followed by Cierra Tirley with 17. Jordan Huddleston marked nine points, Haley Hill and Ali Deem each had six, while Faith Teaford and Darien Diddle both had three. Macie Michael rounded out the SHS total with two points in the win.
Southern shot 21-of-62 (33.9 percent) from the field, 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) from beyond the arc and 21-of-33 (63.6 percent) from the free throw line. The Lady Tornadoes had 55 rebounds, 13 assists, 11 steals and 16 turnovers.
Hendrix led the Lady Tornadoes with 17 rebounds, followed by Haley Hill with nine. Jansen Wolfe and Hannah Hill each added seven rebounds in the win. Wolfe led Southern with four assists, followed by Turley with three. Turley and Wolfe each had three steals to lead the defense.
The Lady Golden Eagles were led by Cheyenne Barker with 17 points, and Jackie Cunningham with 10. Hannah Lawrentz had nine points, Sierra Barker marked six points, Kenzie Reed and Cheyenne Henderson added three each, while Ashley Jenkins marked two and Lexus Cunningham had one.
Belpre shot 15-of-55 (27.3 percent) from the field, 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) from beyond the arc and 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) from the free throw line. The Orange and Black had 20 rebounds, nine assists, 13 steals and 13 turnovers.
Belpre was led by Lawrentz with seven rebounds and Jackie Cunningham with six. Sierra Barker and Cheyenne Barker each had three assists, while Sierra Barker led the defense with five steals.
These teams will have to settle for a season split as Southern lost at Belpre on January 9, by a count of 77-61.
This was the final game in Racine for Southern seniors Celestia Hendrix, Darien Diddle and Jordan Huddleston.
The Lady Tornadoes finish third in the TVC Hocking this season at 11-5 in league, while Belpre will secure fourth with a win over visiting Wahama on Wednesday. Southern made the most progress of any team in the TVC Hocking from last season to this season, as the Lady Tornadoes had just four conference wins in the 2012-13 season.