ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — A 30-15 second half surge ultimately allowed David Kight to pick up his first coaching victory at Meigs Saturday night following a 52-41 decision over visiting River Valley in a non-conference boys basketball matchup at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The host Marauders (1-2) led 12-11 after eight minutes of play, but the Raiders (1-2) rallied with a 15-10 surge in the second half to claim a 26-22 advantage headed into the intermission.
MHS gained control of the contest in the third canto with a 14-5 run, allowing the Maroon and Gold to claim a 36-31 lead headed into the finale. The Marauders sank 8-of-12 free throws in the fourth en route to a 16-10 run, which wrapped up the 11-point triumph.
Meigs connected on 20-of-52 field goal attempts overall for 38 percent, including a 3-of-10 effort from three-point range for 30 percent. The hosts finished the night 9-of-16 at the free throw line for 56 percent and outrebounded the Raiders by a 30-22 overall margin, including an 11-4 edge on the offensive glass.
Jared Williamson led the Marauders with game-highs of 15 points and seven rebounds, followed by Dillon Boyer with 13 points and Treay McKinney with 11 markers.
Jordan Hutton added five points to the winning cause, while Dustin Ulbrich chipped in four markers. Kaileb Sheets and Alex Morris rounded out the scoring with two points apiece. MHS had 22 turnovers in the victory.
The Raiders connected on 14-of-43 field goal attempts for 32 percent, including a 4-of-16 effort from three-point range for 25 percent. RVHS was 9-of-17 at the charity stripe for 52 percent and committed 18 turnovers in the setback.
Joseph Loyd paced River Valley 10 points and five rebounds, followed by Ethan Dovenbarger with nine points and Justin Rusk with six markers. Kyle Bays added five points, while Burnie Stanley and Seann Roberts both chipped in four markers apiece. Jacob Gilmore rounded out the visiting score with three points.