WELLSTON, Ohio — The Lady Marauders made sure, like the rest of Southeast Ohio on Thursday night, that the Wellston Golden Rockets went ice cold.
By outscoring Wellston 15-1 in the second quarter, visiting Meigs erased an 11-9 first-period deficit — and cruised to an easy 55-30 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division girls basketball victory.
Spearheaded by stymieing the Golden Rockets to a mere second-stanza free throw, the Lady Marauders jump-started themselves in controlling the contest’s final three cantos.
After doubling up Wellston 24-12 at halftime, the Marauders then outscored the Lady Rockets 31-18 in the second half.
For the final three quarters, the count was a whopping 46-19 in favor of Meigs, including 15-7 in the last.
With the win, the Marauders are now 3-1 — and an even 1-1 in the TVC-Ohio.
Wellston, conversely, fell to an even 3-3 — and is now 0-3 in the league.
The Maroon and Gold locked down the Rockets to a frigid 23-percent (11-of-47) shooting, including 3-of-19 (16-percent) from three-point range.
Wellston was also frosty from the free-throw line, making only 5-of-18.
Meigs, meanwhile, mustered 22 total field goals to Wellston’s 11 — and shot 39-percent (22-of-56) from the field.
The Meigs Countians also outrebounded the Golden Rockets, 53-41.
The Lady Marauders exhibited excellent scoring balance, paced by Madison Hendricks with 10 points — while Devin Humphreys, Alli Hatfield and Madison Fields finished with eight points apiece.
Hendricks, Hatfield and Humphreys hit for four field goals apiece, while Fields pumped in two three-pointers — and 2-of-4 free throws.
Kassidy Betzing’s all-around good game featured seven points on three field goals — along with game-highs in both rebounds (10) and in steals (four).
Betzing and Hendricks canned the club’s other two threes.
Danielle Morris mustered six points on two field goals and 2-of-4 free throws, while Alyssa Smith sank two foul shots.
Jacynda Glover, Bre Colburn and Marissa Noble netted a basket apiece, as Noble collected two blocks.
Tory Doles led the Lady Rockets with 10 points on four field goals, as Jasmyn Wilson and Sydney Mullins each scored five.
Doles, who also paced Wellston with seven rebounds, dialed in a triple — along with Wilson and Hannah Sowers.
The Lady Marauders return to the road, and return to TVC-Ohio Division action, on Monday night at Athens.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106