RACINE, Ohio — Off on the right foot yet again.
The Southern boys basketball team is starting the season off after earning its second win in as many games Tuesday night with a 59-33 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division foe Waterford.
The Tornadoes (2-0, 2-0 TVC Hocking) defense came out of the gates ready to play giving up just four points in the opening stanza. Southern’s offense scored 17 points in the first quarter and the Tornadoes were in control of the game.
SHS scored 14 points in the second period, while holding Waterford (1-1, 1-1) to just four points for the second consecutive quarter. The Purple and Gold led 31-8 at halftime.
After the break the teams played evenly, each scoring 12 points in the third period. Southern closed the game out on a 16-13 win to claim the 59-33 victory over the Wildcats.
Casey Pickens led the Tornadoes with 15 points in the game on 6-of-7 from the field including a three pointer. Chandler Drummer went 7-of-11 for 14 points on the night, while Adam Pape had eight points including two three-pointers. Trenton Deem and Taylor McNickle each had six points, Tristen Wolfe and Hunter Johnson both finished with four, while Zac Beegle finished with two points to round out the SHS scoring.
Drummer had a game-high 11 rebounds and had the games only blocked shot. Wolfe finished with 10 rebounds for the Tornadoes while Pickens finished with nine and Johnson grabbed seven. Wolfe had a game-high six assists, while Deem led SHS with three steals.
Austin Shriver and Cody Paxton led Waterford with 10 points apiece. Wyatt Porter had four points, while Eli Strahler Jacob McCutcheon and Tanner Pottmeyer each finished with three. Shirver had eight rebounds to lead Waterford.
The Tornadoes shot 26-of-59 (44.1 percent) from the field, 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) from beyond the arc and 2-of-7 (28.6 percent)from the charity stripe.
Waterford shot 13-of-61 (21.3 percent) from the field, 2-of-20 (10 percent) from three-point range and 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from the free throw line.
The Tornadoes will face Waterford once more this season, on January 15th in Washington County.