RACINE, Ohio — There’s no place like home.
The Southern boys basketball team won its third straight decision while improving to 5-0 overall in its new friendly confines Saturday night following a 47-33 victory over visiting Rock Hill in a non-conference matchup in Meigs County.
The Tornadoes (7-2) trailed 7-6 after eight minutes of play, but the hosts breezed through the second canto with a 19-6 surge — giving SHS a comfortable 25-13 cushion at the break.
The Redmen (1-10) found their rhythm after halftime, as the guests made a 15-8 surge to close to within 33-28 headed into the finale. Southern, however, closed regulation on a 14-5 charge — which included a 6-of-11 effort at the foul line — to wrap up the 14-point triumph.
The Tornadoes were outrebounded by a slim 32-31 overall margin and committed 16 turnovers in the contest, compared to 18 giveaways by the guests. SHS also recorded team tallies of nine assists and nine steals in the victory.
Southern connected on 17-of-46 field goal attempts for 37 percent, including a 4-of-14 effort from three-point range for 29 percent. The hosts were also 9-of-19 at the free throw line for 47 percent.
Tristen Wolfe led SHS with a double-double effort of 20 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Taylor McNickle with 13 points and Dennis Teaford with eight markers. Teaford also hauled in nine rebounds and had a team-high three steals.
Trenton Deem, Jack Lemley and Casey Pickens rounded out the winning tally with two points each. Wolfe also dished out a team-best four assists.
RHHS sank 13-of-40 field goal attempts for 33 percent, including a 4-of-13 effort from behind the arc for 31 percent. The Redmen were also 3-of-7 at the charity stripe for 43 percent.
Alex Nance led the guests with 11 points, followed by Aaron Dalton and Chase Blankenship with eight markers apiece.