MERCERVILLE, Ohio — A wire-to-wire win for the Purple and Gold.
The Southern girls basketball team scored in the opening minute of Monday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division tilt at South Gallia, and the Lady Tornadoes never looked back en route to a 54-15 victory.
Southern (4-1, 3-0 TVC Hocking) outrebounded the Lady Rebels (0-3, 0-2) 16-to-3 in the opening period, helping the Lady Tornadoes grab a 12-3 advantage on the scoreboard. The Purple and Gold outscored SGHS 19-to-6 in the second quarter, pushing the advantage to 31-9 at halftime.
The Lady Rebels managed only one point in the third period, as the SHS lead grew to 43-10 with eight minutes left in regulation. Southern ended the game on a 11-5 run, capping off the 54-15 victory.
“We did a real nice job defending (Mikayla) Poling and (Erin) Evans,” said SHS head coach Kent Wolfe. “We pushed the ball a little bit and got into the running game that we wanted. We outmatched them on the glass and our three-point shooting was really good, the best it’s been all year long.”
SHS senior Ali Deem led the Purple and Gold with 15 points, followed by Faith Teaford with 13 and Jansen Wolfe with eight. Haley Hill posted seven points, Sierra Cleland and Josie Cundiff each added five, while Shelbi Dailey finished with one marker.
Evans led the Lady Rebels with seven points, followed by Poling with five. The South Gallia scoring was rounded out by Olivia Hornsby and Aaliyah Howell with two points and one point respectively.
Southern was led on the glass by Wolfe with 13 rebounds, followed by Hill with 10 and Teaford with eight. Hill and Deem each had five assists to lead SHS, followed by Cleland with three. Wolfe led the defense with six blocked shots, while Teaford added three and Dailey marked two. Deem posted a team-high four steals, followed by Hill with three and Macie Michael with two.
South Gallia’s rebounding was led by Poling and Evans with five each, followed by Northup with three. Evans led the defense for SGHS with four steals, followed by Hornsby with three. Poling had two steals and a block, while Northup came away with two steals. Poling and Brooke Campbell each had an assist in the setback.
“Give Southern credit, they played really good defense,” SGHS head coach Corey Small said. “We couldn’t hit shots, they could and that’s the result you get. We need to get in better shape, we need to learn to box out and we need to work on shooting.”
The Lady Tornadoes shot 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) from the free throw line and 21-of-53 (39.6 percent) from the field, including 8-of-22 (36.4 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team the Purple and Gold finished with 48 rebounds, 17 assists, 10 steals, 11 blocks and 20 turnovers.
South Gallia shot 2-of-8 (25 percent) from the charity stripe and 6-of-48 (12.5 percent) from the field, including 1-of-13 (7.7 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team the Red and Gold finished with 20 rebounds, two assists, 13 steals, one block and 15 turnovers.
South Gallia and Southern will meet again on January 14, in Racine. Both teams to action on Thursday, with the Lady Tornadoes hosting Trimble and the Lady Rebels visiting Eastern.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.