MERCERVILLE, Ohio — It just goes to show the importance of free throws.
The Meigs girls basketball team sank five free throws in the final 25 seconds of Monday night’s Lady Rebel Holiday Consolation game to seal the 47-41 victory over Ohio Valley Christian.
The Lady Marauders led by a narrow 15-14 margin after the first quarter and pushed the lead to 24-21 at halftime. Both teams marked nine points in the third quarter and Meigs led 33-30 headed into the finale.
Meigs scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter but the Lady Defenders answered with an 11-to-2 run. Ahead by one point Meigs hit 5-of-6 free throw, including four straight by Haiden English, to cap off the 47-41 triumph.
The Maroon and Gold were paced by Morgan Russell with 14 points, followed by Kelsey Hudson and Haiden English with nine apiece. Danielle Morris had six points, Hannah Cremeans added five, while Brook Andrus rounded out the Lady Marauders scoring with four points.
Meigs shot 17-of-63 (27 percent) from the field and 12-of-18 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line. MHS had 50 rebounds, 21 turnovers, 10 assists, eight steals and two blocks in the win.
Andrus had a game-high 14 rebounds, followed by Russell with nine. Andrus also led Meigs with four assists, followed b y Sadie Fox with three. Bre Colburn, Hudson and Andrus each had two steals, while Russell and Andrus each blocked one shot.
The Lady Defenders were led by Emily Carman with 19 points and Bekah Sargent with 12. Rachel Sargent and Cassandra Hutchinson each had four points, while Teah Elliott marked two.
OVCS shot 13-of-44 (29.5 percent) from the field and 14-of-27 (51.9 percent) from the free throw line, including just 1-of-11 after halftime. As a team Ohio Valley Christian had 29 rebounds, six steals, six assists, four blocks and 22 turnovers.
Bekah Sargent led the Blue and Gold with nine rebounds, followed by Hutchinson with six. Sarah Schoonover had a team-best three assists, while Bekah Sargent led the defensive effort with four steals and four blocks.