Lady Chiefs fend off Meigs

By Paul Boggs -

LOGAN, Ohio — On a cold night, this one certainly had to leave the Lady Marauders red-hot hopping mad.

That’s because Meigs — in a non-league girls basketball tilt on Wednesday night — saw a pair of seven-point first-period advantages evaporate, get shut out in the second quarter, and only attempt four free throws in a 51-40 loss to the Logan Lady Chiefs inside Jim Myers Gymnasium in Logan.

In maintaining a 14-11 lead after the opening quarter, the Lady Marauders did lead by seven twice — at 10-3 and 12-5.

But the Lady Chiefs pitched a 6-0 shutout in the second stanza, and outscored Meigs 34-26 in the second half to turn the tide and craft the win.

Logan led 17-14 at halftime and 31-24 following three quarters, then erupted for 20 fourth-period points — posting the 11-point hard-earned triumph.

The loss, which was the Lady Marauders’ third consecutive, dropped them to 5-4.

The Lady Chiefs climbed to 8-4, and overcame a 15-of-46 (33-percent) shooting performance — including only 19-percent (3-of-16) from three-point range — by enjoying a parade to the free-throw line.

Logan attempted 22 freebies and meshed 18, while Meigs made just 2-of-4 — all by Kassidy Betzing.

The Marauders were whistled for 16 fouls compared to 11 for Logan, but the Lady Chiefs also forced 19 turnovers, while committing only 10 themselves.

Meigs struggled shooting from the perimeter as well, making only four of its 25 three-point attempts (16-percent).

The contest turned in the final nine minutes of the first half — when the Marauders failed to score a single point.

Logan scored the final basket of the first quarter, then all six of the second-period points.

Paige Lunsford sank two free throws at the 6:38 mark, then shoveled in a layup just 55 seconds later.

Haleigh Sammons’ rebound putback, with a minute and 20 seconds remaining, made it 17-14 in favor of the hosts.

Meigs’ Madison Fields drilled a three-pointer only a minute into the third frame, but the Lady Chiefs scored the next eight points and never trailed again.

Meigs got as close as three (25-22) in the third quarter and four (38-34) in the fourth, but a technical foul on the Lady Marauder bench with three minutes remaining essentially squashed another comeback bid.

Fields finished with 10 points on two twos and two treys to pace Meigs, while Betzing bucketed nine points on three field goals in addition to her foul shots.

Betzing also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out seven of the Marauders’ 15 assists, and tied Fields with four steals.

Betzing and Marissa Noble notched a three-ball apiece, as Noble netted three field goals for seven points.

Devin Humphreys had three baskets for six points, Dani Morris made two buckets for four points, and Courtney Jones and Alli Hatfield had a field goal apiece to round out the Marauder scoring.

Morris led the Lady Marauders in rebounds with eight.

Lunsford led Logan and all scorers with 19 points — on five field goals and a perfect 9-of-9 free throws.

Sammons sank five field goals, including a pair of trifectas, along with 4-of-4 freebies for 16 points.

Meigs returned home, and returned to Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division action, on Thursday night against Vinton County.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs