RACINE, Ohio — It was as simple as getting the ball in the post.
The Southern girls basketball team scored 44 points in the paint Monday night which powered the Lady Tornadoes to a 69-45 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division foe Wahama in Charles W. Hayman Gymnasium.
Southern (2-3, 1-3 TVC Hocking) out scored the Lady Falcons (1-3, 1-2) 19-13 over the first eight minutes of the game to take the early lead. The Lady Tornadoes took the momentum into halftime after going on a 23-11 run in the second stanza.
SHS led 42-24 at the start of the second half and pushed its lead to 21 points after out scoring WHS 13-10 in the third period. Due to fouls Wahama only had three players eligible to play in the fourth period which led Southern to play with just four players. Southern closed the game on a 14-11 run and took the 69-45 victory .
The Lady Tornadoes were led by Celestia Hendrix with a double-double performance of 29 points, and 18 rebounds. Freshman Jansen Wolfe finished with 12 points, Maggie Cummins marked 10, while both Jordan Huddleston and Hannah Hill scored four points. Kyrie Swann finished with three points, Darien Diddle, Alison Deem and Savannah Bailey each finished with two points and Haley Hill notched one point to round out the SHS scoring.
Following Hendrix on the boards for Southern were Wolfe and Diddle with nine rebounds apiece and Cummins with six. Cummins led SHS in both the steals catagory, with five, and the assists catagory, with eight. Hendrix was second on the team in both steals with four and assists with three. Wolfe and Hendrix led the Lady Tornadoes with two blocked shots apiece.
Mackenzie Gabritsch led the Lady Falcons with 12 points on the night, followed by Sierra Carmichael with 11 and freshman Rachel Roque with nine. Kelsey Zuspan finished with eight points, Bunni Peters marked three and Olivia Hill notched two points to round out the WAH scoring.
Roque and Gabritsch led Wahama on the boards with six rebounds apiece while Zuspan and Carmichael each had four. Roque had a game-high seven steals and led the Lady Falcons with four assists. Zuspan recorded six six steals while Carmichael had four steals and four assists.
Southern held a 50-to-28 advantage in rebounding but the Lady Tornadoes turned the ball over 30 times, six more than Wahama. Each team committed 23 personal fouls on the night.Southern had a 44-to-24 advantage in points in the paint.
The Lady Tornadoes were 25-of-51 (49.0 percent) from the field, 2-of-7 (28.6 percent) from three point range and 13-of-28 (46.4 percent) from the free throw line.
Wahama was 19-of-70 (27.1 percent) from the field, 0-of-6 from beyond the arc and 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from the charity stripe.
Wahama will be looking to make it a season split for the second straight year with the Lady Tornadoes on January 14th when these two teams meet in Mason.