RACINE, Ohio — Control the glass and control the outcome.
The Southern girls basketball team out-rebounded visiting Federal Hocking by 21 Saturday afternoon as the Lady Tornadoes took the 64-47 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory.
A back-and-forth opening quarter left the Lady Tornadoes (7-4, 5-2 TVC Hocking) with a slight 18-15 lead headed into the second. Southern extended their lead to 34-28 at the halftime break.
The Lady Lancers (2-10, 2-5) cut the lead to one point, 40-39 at the 4:08 mark of the third quarter, forcing SHS coach Scott Cleland to burn a timeout.
“Basically we talked about what we do everyday,” Southern head coach Scott Cleland said. “Do the basics, take care of the ball, box out and move it, not anything fancy just get refocused and come back.”
The Lady Tornadoes went on a 15-2 run following the timeout, putting the game out of reach with 5:21 to play. Southern outscored FHHS 9-to-6 over the remained of the game to take the 64-47 victory.
“This is huge because we already have more wins now than we did total last season,” said Cleland. “This is great for the program, we’re tied for third in the conference, last year we finished seventh, so we’re pretty pleased.”
The Lady Tornadoes offense was led by Celestia Hendrix with 20 points, followed by Jordan Huddleston with 10 and Ali Deem with eighth. Haley Hill and Faith Teaford each had seven points, Hannah Hill added four, while Jansen Wolfe and Cierra Turley both finished with three. Darien Diddle rounded out the SHS scoring total with two points.
As a team Southern shot 22-of-72 (30.6 percent) from the field, including 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Lady Tornadoes were 18-31 (58.1 percent) from the free throw line. SHS had 56 rebounds, 32 turnovers, 26 steals, 12 assists, 14 fouls and three blocked shots.
Hendrix had a game-high 14 rebounds, followed by Wolfe with 13 and Turley with 10. Wolfe led Southern with four assists, followed by Hendrix and Huddleston with two each. Hendrix led the defense with six steals and two blocks, while Turley and Haley Hill each had five steals.
Destiny Tabler led Federal Hocking with 17 points, followed by Carley Tabler with seven and Megan Thompson with six. Mckenzie Steele had five points, Ashton Cale and Whittney Gillian had four each, Cheyenne Singer marked three and Tisha Glass had one.
Federal Hocking shot 19-of-62 (30.6 percent) from the field, 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from three-point range and 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from beyond the arc. The Lady Lancers had 35 rebounds, 13 assists, 18 fouls, 22 steals, 36 turnovers and one block.
Destiny Tabler led the Lady Lancers with eight rebounds, followed by Thompson with two. Carly Tabler had a team-high five assists, while leading the defense with six steals and a block.
Southern will face Federal Hocking again on January 25, in Stewart.
The Lady Tornadoes total of six wins in 2013 has already been surpassed by this year’s squad.