ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Senior Ashley Templeton hit a jumper with seven seconds left in regulation, allowing the Wahama girls basketball team to claim a 64-62 victory over host Meigs Thursday night in a non-conference matchup at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The visiting Lady Falcons (5-4) snapped a two-game losing skid while handing the Lady Marauders (2-7) their second straight setback, although it took a solid second-half effort just to make that happen. Both teams were tied at eight after one quarter of play and also found themselves locked at 27 headed into the intermission.
WHS made its big run of the night in the third canto, as the guests went on a 15-10 run to open up a small 42-37 lead headed into the finale — but Meigs countered with a 25-20 run over the next seven-and-a-half minutes to pull even at 62-all.
Templeton’s jumper with seven seconds left proved to be the difference-maker, as MHS did not get off a shot attempt in the closing seconds — allowing the Lady Falcons to claim the one-possession triumph.
Templeton led the guests with 21 points, followed by Karista Ferguson with 17 points and Kelsey Zuspan with 12 markers. Sierra Carmichael added nine points, while Paige Gardner and Mackenzie Gabritsch rounded out the respective scoring with three and two markers. WHS was 8-of-16 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Brittany Krautter paced Meigs and all scorers with 23 points, followed by Brook Andrus and Morgan Russell with 12 markers apiece. Tori Wolfe and Dani Cullums added respective efforts of four and three points, while Tess Phelps, Kelsey Hudson and Keana Robinson rounded out the scoring with two markers each. MHS was 7-of-17 at the charity stripe for 41 percent.
Wahama returns to action Monday when it travels to Waterford for a TVC Hocking matchup at 6 p.m. Meigs also returns to the hardwood on Monday when it hosts Fairland in a non-conference matchup at 6 p.m.
Wahama 64, Meigs 62
W 8-19-15-22 — 64
M 8-19-10-25 — 62
WAHAMA (5-4): Karista Ferguson 7 1-4 17, Ashley Templeton 10 1-1 21, Kelsey Zuspan 4 4-8 12, Paige Gardner 1 1-1 3, Sierra Carmichael 4 1-2 9, Mackenzie Gabritsch 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 27 8-16 64. Three-point goals: 2 (Ferguson 2).
MEIGS (2-7): Dani Cullums 1 0-2 3, Tori Wolfe 2 0-0 4, Brittany Krautter 10 3-4 23, Tess Phelps 0 2-4 2, Hannah Cremeans 0 0-0 0, Brook Andrus 6 0-2 12, Kelsey Hudson 1 0-0 2, Morgan Russell 5 2-5 12, Keana Robinson 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 26 7-17 62. Three-point goals: 1 (Cullums).