ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio —Forcing turnovers wins games.
Meigs was forced into 23 turnovers Tuesday night en route to a 54-39 non-conference loss to Fairland in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The Marauders (8-8) trailed 6-to-4 after five minutes of play but the Dragons (14-4) finished the first period with a 6-to-1 run, expanding their lead to 11-5.
Meigs cut the lead to five points just before halftime but a half court buzzer beater by Nathan Campbell put Fairland’s lead at 25-17 at the midway point.
The Maroon and Gold marked 12 points for the second consecutive period in the third but the Dragons rallied for 19 points, expanding the lead to 15 points.Each team scored 10 points over the final eight minutes and FHS held on for its fifth straight win, 54-39.
Dillon Boyer led the Marauders with eight points, followed by Kaileb Sheets and Jordan Hutton with six apiece. Seniors Treay McKinney and Jared Williamson added five points apiece, while Cody Stewart marked three. The MHS scoring was rounded out by Ty Phelps, Alex Morris and Matt Casci with two points apiece.
The Marauders grabbed 19 rebounds on the night led by Williamson with five and Boyer with four. McKinney led the MHS defense with three of the teams 10 steals. Meigs had 10 assists, led by Sheets with four.
Meigs shot 5-of-10 (50 percent) from the free throw line and 15-of-37 (40.5 percent) from the field, including 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc. Boyer accounted for a pair of triples, while McKinney and Hutton each had one.
Campbell paced Fairland with 15 points, followed by Evan Maddox with 13 and Cody Midkiff with nine. Luke Phillips and Chance Short each marked six points, Dionte Braye had three and Kyle Raines rounded out the FHS scoring with two points.
Fairland shot 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from the free throw line, while pulling down 17 rebounds.
The Marauders have now lost back-to-back games.