Panthers get past Meigs, 40-27

Bryan Walters

December 17, 2013

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — If you can’t score, it’s really hard to win — no matter how well you play defensively.

The Meigs boys basketball team held visiting Chesapeake to 25 percent shooting from the field, but a 3-of-23 second half effort ultimately doomed the Marauders during a 40-27 setback Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium in Meigs County.

The host Marauders (2-2) led 10-7 after eight minutes of play and claimed the biggest lead of the first half at 14-9 with 4:22 remaining, but the Panthers (5-2) countered with a 7-2 run the rest of the second period to knot things up at 16-all headed into the intermission.

Meigs missed all 10 of its field goal attempts in the third quarter, and CHS went on a 9-0 run over that eight-minute span to secure a 25-16 edge headed into the finale.

MHS snapped a 10:14 scoreless drought at the 7:14 mark of the fourth after Isaiah English netted a basket for a 25-18 deficit, which sparked a small 11-9 run that allowed the hosts to close to within seven points (34-27) with 1:12 left in the contest.

Chesapeake, however, netted the final six points of the game — allowing the guests to secure its largest lead of the night with the 13-point triumph.

There were two ties and four lead changes in the contest, as Chesapeake rallied back from a 1-0 deficit with five straight points to take its biggest lead of the first half at 5-1 with 4:18 left in the first period.

Meigs countered with a 9-2 surge over the final 3:20 of the opening canto, as Kaileb Sheets provided all nine of those markers to give the hosts a one-possession lead after one quarter of play.

The Marauders never trailed in the second stanza, but Andrew Saunders capped a 9-6 run with a trifecta 21 seconds before halftime — allowing CHS to pull even at 16-all.

The Panthers — who were 0-for-11 from two-point range in the opening half — entered intermission just 3-of-16 overall from the field for 19 percent. MHS, conversely, was 6-of-17 from the field for 35 percent, including a 1-of-4 effort from three-point range.

Chesapeake owned a small 13-10 edge on the boards at break and had committed six turnovers, one fewer than the hosts’ tally of seven.

The third quarter made all the difference in the final outcome, as CHS went 3-of-14 from the field during that 9-0 run. The guests also capitalized on extra chances after outrebounding Meigs by a whopping 16-2 margin in the third.

Meigs missed 10 shots and committed four turnovers before breaking into the second half scoring column, then followed by missing its next five shots and committing eight turnovers total down the stretch. The Panthers also went 8-of-16 at the charity stripe during the fourth quarter.

The Marauders connected on 9-of-40 shot attempts for 23 percent, including a 3-of-13 effort from behind the arc for 23 percent. The hosts — who were outrebounded 38-16 overall — also went 6-of-8 from the free throw line for 75 percent.

Kaileb Sheets led MHS with 11 points, followed by Damon Jones with six points and Isaiah English with five markers. Jordan Hutton and Devon Cundiff respectively rounded out the scoring with three and two points.

English led the hosts with six rebounds, while Sheets added a team-best four steals. Meigs had only two assists in the setback.

The Panthers made 9-of-36 floor attempts overall, including a 4-of-9 effort from three-point range for 44 percent. The guests were also 18-of-28 at the charity stripe for 64 percent.

Gage Rhoades paced CHS with a game-high 16 points, followed by Caleb Heffner with 13 points and Nate Smith with four markers.