McARTHUR, Ohio — It’s not always how you start something, but rather how you finish it.
The Meigs boys basketball team was outscored 25-18 in the second half Saturday night, allowing host Vinton County to rally back for a 46-40 victory in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup in Vinton County.
The Marauders (8-10, 4-4 TVC Hocking) started things on a good note, as the guests jumped out to a 12-9 advantage after eight minutes of play. The Vikings (12-7, 8-2), however, countered with a 12-10 second quarter spurt, allowing the hosts to close their halftime deficit down to 22-21.
VCHS made its biggest run of the night in the third canto, as the Vikings went on a 14-8 charge to claim a 35-30 edge headed into the finale. The hosts made a small 11-10 run down the stretch to wrap up the six-point triumph.
Vinton County claimed a season sweep after posting a 56-45 decision at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium back on Feb. 7.
Isaiah English led MHS with a game-high 14 points, followed by Jordan Hutton with 13 points and Damon Jones with nine markers. Jaxon Meadows and Forrest Nagy rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
Meigs was just 2-of-4 at the free throw line for 50 percent, while the hosts netted 9-of-12 charity tosses for 75 percent.
Jordan Albright paced Vinton County with 13 points, followed by May Ward with 11 points and Alex Owings with 10 markers.