ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Someone was going to get its first win of the 2012-13 girls basketball season Thursday night.
The only question was which team?
Visiting Alexander broke away from a 33-all tie over the final 12:43 of regulation with a 28-14 surge and ultimately claimed a 61-47 decision over Meigs in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division girls basketball matchup at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The host Lady Marauders (0-6, 0-3 TVC Ohio) led 3-2 three minutes into regulation, but the Lady Spartans countered with a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to claim its biggest lead of the first half at 14-3 with 56 seconds left in the opening canto.
Meigs, however, snapped a 4:31 scoreless drought with 38 seconds left in the first, then both teams traded baskets to end the opening eight minutes with a 16-7 AHS advantage.
Both teams traded three-pointers to start the second period, but Meigs followed with an 15-7 charge to pull within a single point (26-25) with 44 seconds remaining in the half. Alexander, however, closed the second canto with a small 4-0 spurt to take a 30-25 edge into the intermission.
The Lady Marauders reeled off five straight points to start the second half and pulled even at 30 with 6:55 left in the third, but the guests responded with a free throw to reclaim the lead (31-30) just 22 seconds later.
Meigs quickly countered with a successful trifecta from Delilah Fish at the 6:24 mark, which allowed the hosts to stake their final lead of the night at 33-31.
AHS tied the game at 33-all with 5:21 remaining in the third, then ran off another six consecutive points to re-establish a two-possession lead at 39-33 with 3:38 left. The hosts never came closer than four points the rest of the way and were ultimately outscored 10-4 over the final three-plus minutes, giving Alexander a 49-37 cushion headed into the finale.
Meigs was outscored 12-10 in the fourth quarter and never cut its deficit down to single digits over the final eight minutes of play. The Lady Spartans (1-5, 1-2) claimed their biggest lead of the night with 5:24 left in regulation at 58-39.
The Lady Marauders committed 17 turnovers in the setback, including five and seven in the first and third frames respectively. AHS, on the other hand, had just 12 giveaways — including five in the second quarter and five total in the second half.
MHS connected on 18-of-47 field goal attempts for 38 percent, including a 4-of-9 effort from three-point range for 44 percent. The hosts also had 26 rebounds (11 offensive), 11 assists and six steals as a team in the setback.
Delilah Fish led Meigs with nine points, followed by Brittany Krautter with eight points and Morgan Russell with seven markers. Ally Maxson and Tess Phelps both contributed six points apiece, while Kelsey Hudson added five markers.
Mercadies George chipped in three points to the losing effort, while Hannah Cremeans and Kirsten McGuire rounded out the scoring with two markers apiece. The Lady Marauders were 6-of-12 overall at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Marilyn Rankin paced the Lady Spartans with a game-high 20 points, followed by Ally Malone with 11 points and Kaylee Koker with 10 markers. Both Rankin and Malone were also held scoreless in the first quarter of play.
AHS was 10-of-22 at the charity stripe for 45 percent, but only made 3-of-9 attempts in the fourth quarter.