ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — There’s nothing quite like starting the season in the win column.
The Meigs girls basketball team started the season in style Friday night, with a hard-fought 63-59 victory over non-league guest Federal Hocking in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The Lady Marauders (1-0) trailed Federal Hocking (0-1) by one in the early going but a 12-2 spurt by helped the host to an 18-10 lead after the opening period.
The MHS defense stepped up and held the Lady Lancers to just a pair of field goals in the second quarter. Meigs was 8-of-12 from the charity stripe in the second and led 32-21 at the midway point.
Following the break FHHS pressured the ball and forced Meigs into 11 turnovers in the third period, which allowed Federal Hocking to climb back into the game. With just eight minutes to play, Meigs led 43-39.
Less than a minute into the finale Federal Hocking had tied the game, and with 6:33 remaining the Lady Lancers grabbed the 47-45 lead, their first advantage since leading 5-4. Meigs answered swiftly and regained the lead just a minute and a half later at 48-47.
Federal Hocking clawed back to tie the game at 59-59 with 35 ticks left on the clock, but Meigs went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to seal the season opening victory, 63-59.
The victors were paced by Kelsey Hudson with 21 points in the game, including a 10-of-16 performance from the free throw line. Morgan Russell and Brook Andrus each marked 12 points, Hannah Cremeans added eight points and Danielle Morris finished with six points. Ariel Ellis marked two points, while Haiden English and Bre Colburn rounded out the MHS scoring total with a point each.
Andrus pulled down nine rebounds to pace MHS, while Hudson marked a team-high five steals.
Carley Tabler led all scorers with 26 points for the Lady Lancers, followed by Destiny Tabler with 16. Megan Thompson contributed 13 points, Ashton Cale marked two, while Whittney Gillian and Tisha Glass each had one marker.
Both Meigs and Federal Hocking battled foul trouble throughout the game, MHS committing 28 total fouls, while FHHS was whistled for 29 fouls. Both Hannah Cremeans and Brook Andrus fouled out for the hosts, while Kaylli McPherson, Megan Thompson, Destiny Tabler and Carley Tabler all reached five fouls for the Lady Lancers.
Meigs held a 48-to-35 advantage on the glass, while the teams were even at 25 turnovers apiece. The Lady Marauders shot 19-of-51 (37.3 percent) from the field, with a Hudson and Andrus each hitting a three pointer. Meigs was 23-of-43 (53.5 percent) at the charity stripe, while FHHS was 17-of-34 (50 percent).
Meigs will look to sweep FHHS on December 23rd when the Lady Marauders visit Stewart.