JACKSON, Ohio — The Meigs girls basketball team ran into a buzzsaw Wednesday night in its Division III sectional semifinal at Jackson High School, as defending state runner-up Oak Hill led wire-to-wire in an 83-37 decision in the Apple City.
The 15th-seeded Lady Marauders (3-18) — who had only one senior on the floor — showed their youth, as the second-seeded Lady Oaks (18-3) forced 19 first quarter turnovers en route to a 26-6 lead after eight minutes of play. Meigs had 30 turnovers by halftime and trailed 46-15 at the intermission, and also finished the night with a 41 turnovers in all.
Oak Hill, which is aiming for its 16th straight sectional title, will face seventh-seeded Zane Trace in the final at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Jackson High School. The Lady Pioneers defeated 10th-seeded Rock Hill in overtime by a 58-52 margin in the other sectional semifinal at JHS Wednesday night.
The Lady Oaks — a three-time D-3 state runner-up over the last eight years — led 10-0 less than two minutes into regulation, but the Lady Marauders countered with a 6-2 surge to pull within 12-6 at the 3:40 mark of the opening period. OHHS closed the canto with a 14-0 run to claim an early 20-point edge.
Oak Hill followed with a 20-5 charge over seven minutes to claim their biggest lead of the first half at 46-11, but MHS answered with four straight points to close the half — making it a 46-15 contest at the intermission. The Lady Marauders, however, never came closer the rest of the way.
The Lady Oaks went on a 20-8 run in the third quarter for a comfortable 66-23 cushion, but Meigs closed regulation with a 14-13 spurt to wrap up the 46-point outcome. Oak Hill committed 18 turnovers in the triumph, 10 of which came in the opening half.
Meigs connected on 14-of-32 field goal attempts for 44 percent and also made 8-of-16 free throws for 50 percent. The Lady Oaks, conversely, made 36-of-74 shot attempts for 49 percent and also sank 8-of-12 charity tosses for 67 percent.
Senior Dani Cullums led Meigs with 12 points, followed by Brook Andrus with seven points and Kelsey Hudson with six markers. Morgan Russell and Keana Robinson were both next with three points each, while Tess Phelps, Hannah Cremeans and Meredith Gaul rounded out the scoring with two markers apiece.
Taylor Hale paced Oak Hill with a game-high 23 points, followed by Breanna Butler with 22 points and Abby Haislop with 14 markers. Paige Roseberry also added 10 points to the winning cause.
Meigs hasn’t won a tournament game since 2009 and hasn’t captured a sectional title since the 2000 campaign. The Lady Marauders (2-8) tied with Alexander for fifth-place in the TVC Ohio Division this winter.
Oak Hill 83, Meigs 37
M6-9-8-14 — 37
OH 26-20-24-13 — 83
MEIGS (3-18): Dani Cullums 4 4-6 12, Tess Phelps 1 0-0 2, Hannah Cremeans 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Hudson 3 0-0 6, Brooke Andrus 2 2-6 7, Morgan Russell 1 1-2 3, Meredith Gaul 1 0-0 2, Keana Robinson 1 1-2 3. TOTALS: 14 8-16 37. Three-point goals: 1 (Andrus). Field Goals: 14-32 (.438). Turnovers: 41.
OAK HILL (18-3): Taylor Hale 10 2-4 23, Breanna Butler 10 0-0 22, Abby Haislop 7 0-0 14, Paige Roseberry 5 0-0 10, Leanna Adkins 1 1-2 3, Miranda Melvin 2 0-0 4, Lakin Caudill 1 0-0 2, Alex Kuhn 0 5-6 5. TOTALS: 36 8-12 83. Three-point goals: 3 (Butler 2, Hale). Field Goals: 36-74 (.486). Turnovers: 18.