SEAMAN, Ohio — Starting the season on a high note.
The Southern boys basketball game scored 24 points in the opening quarter of the season en rout to a 57-42 victory over Manchester at the Coach Young Classic at North Adams.
Southern (1-0) out scored the Greyhounds 24-to-17 in the opening eight minutes of Saturday’s game to take the early advantage. The Tornadoes expanded their lead to 37-28 at halftime with a 13-to-11 second quarter run.
The pace slowed after halftime but the Purple and Gold expanded their lead to double digits with a 6-to-5 third quarter run. Southern closed out Manchester (0-1) with a 14-to-9 fourth quarter run and the Tornadoes took the 57-42 victory.
Taylor McNickle led Southern with a double-double effort of 22 points, including a quartet of three pointers, and 10 rebounds. Tristen Wolfe marked 13 points, Dennis Teaford had 10, while Trenton Deem finished with five. Casey Pickens had four points, Bradley McCoy added two, and Jack Lemley rounded out the SHS scoring with one point.
Along with McNickle, Pickens had 10 rebounds and Teaford added nine. Wolfe led the Purple and Gold with seven assists, followed by Deem with three. Wolfe also led the defense with three steals, while Deem, Pickens and Teaford each had two steals.
Phillip Thomas led the Greyhounds with 14 points, followed by Bryan Young with 11, Sean Frost with seven and Austin Smith with five. Tyler Brummett had four points and Cole Hensley marked one to round out the MHS scoring.
Southern shot 21-of-44 (47.7 percent) from the field, including 4-of-8 (50 percent) from beyond the arc. The Tornadoes were 11-of-20 (55 percent) from the free throw line and pulled down 36 rebounds. SHS committed 20 turnovers, had 11 steals, 12 assists and took a trio of charges in the win.
This is the lone regular season meeting between SHS and Manchester this season.