THE PLAINS, Ohio — Some nights you just can’t buy a bucket.
The Meigs girls basketball team shot under 25 percent from both the field and the charity stripe Thursday night, as the Lady Marauders dropped a 39-32 decision to Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division host Athens, in McAfee Gymnasium.
The host Lady Bulldogs (5-12, 4-6 TVC Ohio) — who have now won four straight games after a 1-12 start to the season — led 12-7 at the conclusion of the first period and pushed the lead to 30-19 by halftime.
Athens managed just three points in the third quarter, but the Lady Marauders (8-10, 3-8) couldn’t capitalize, only scoring one point in the eight-minute span. Meigs outscored the Green and Gold 12-to-6 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late, and the Lady Bulldogs claimed the 39-32 win.
MHS sophomore Madison Hendricks led the Maroon and Gold with seven points, followed by Madison Fields and Marissa Noble with six apiece. Devin Humphreys scored five points, Kassidy Betzing, Danielle Morris and Sadie Fox each added two, while Courtney Jones and Bre Colburn both marked one point in the setback.
Fields and Humphreys led Meigs on the glass with six rebounds apiece, while Betzing had a team-best five assists. Fields came away with a team-leading two steals, while Humphreys blocked two shots to pace MHS.
The Lady Marauders made just 3-of-15 (20 percent) free throw attempts and 11-of-46 (23.9 percent) field goal attempts, including 7-of-28 (25 percent) tries from three-point range. As a team the Maroon and Gold recorded 32 rebounds, nine assists, four steals, three blocks and 18 turnovers.
Athens senior Alexis McCollum led the victors with 16 points, seven steals and five assists, followed by Taylor Gergory with nine points and six boards. Sophie Miller scored six points and blocked a game-high three shots, while Lauren Abdella scored five points in the win. The AHS scoring was rounded out by Kat Kroutel with two points and Lilly Mills with one.
The Lady Bulldogs shot 13-31 (41.9 percent) from the free throw line and 12-of-22 (54.5 percent) from the field, including 2-of-8 (25 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team Athens finished with 18 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals, five blocks and 15 turnovers.
The season series between Athens and Meigs now sits tied at one win apiece, as MHS claimed a 42-33 victory over the Lady Bulldogs on December 17, in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
Meigs — which has now lost four straight decisions — returns to action on Monday when 1-18 Wellston visits Rocksprings. The Lady Marauders topped the Lady Rockets by a 48-30 count on December 21, at WHS.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.