RACINE, Ohio — About as convincing as you can make it.
The Southern girls basketball team made short work of Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Miller, Monday night in Meigs County, defeating the Lady Falcons by a 57-26 count.
Southern (2-1, 1-0 TVC Hocking) stormed out to a 22-7 lead through eight minutes of play, but MHS (0-2, 0-1) cut the advantage to 28-18 by halftime.
The SHS defense was refocused after the half and held the Lady Falcons to just two points in the third canto. The Lady Tornadoes scored 11 in the third and led 39-20 with one quarter remaining. Southern outscored Miller 18-to-6 over the final eight minutes to cap off the 57-26 victory.
SHS junior Faith Teaford led the Purple and Gold with 27 points, followed by Jansen Wolfe with 11 and Ali Deem with eight. Savannah Bailey posted four points, Sierra Cleland added three, while Haley Hill and Josie Cundiff each had two markers.
Teaford finished off her double-double with a team-best 15 rebounds, while Wolfe added six boards. Hill led the Lady Tornadoes with six assists, followed by Wolfe and Deem with four each. Teaford also charged the SHS defense with four steals and three blocks, both of which were team-bests. Wolfe posted three steals and two blocks in the win, Hill added three steals, while Cleland had one steal and one block.
As a team SHS finished with 30 rebounds, 20 assists, 14 steals, six blocked shots and 24 turnovers. SHS was 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the free throw line and 24-of-57 (42.1 percent) from the field, including 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
Miller was led by Sanae Dutiel with 10 points, followed by Lacey Alexander with five and Olivia Houk with four.
Southern will look to sweep MHS on January 7, when the Lady Tornadoes invade Perry County. The Purple and Gold return to action on Thursday when they visit Eastern.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.