MASON, W.Va. — One team was getting its first win of the season. The only question was which one?
Visiting Federal Hocking stormed out to an early 8-2 lead and never looked back Thursday night following a 62-30 victory over the Wahama girls basketball team in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Mason County.
The Lady Lancers (1-4, 1-1 TVC Hocking) spoiled the Lady Falcons’ home opener, as FHHS jumped out to a six-point lead midway through the first before finishing the quarter with a 17-8 advantage.
The Lady Falcons (0-2, 0-1) were never closer the rest of the way, as Fed Hock scored the first 11 points of the second canto en route to a 28-8 edge with 3:49 left in the half.
Sierra Carmichael ended a six-plus minute scoreless drought with a basket at the 1:30 mark, but the guests went on a 4-0 run over the rest of the first half for a 32-10 lead at the intermission.
Fed Hock opened the third quarter with a 17-3 surge, giving the guests their largest lead of the night at 49-13 with 1:58 left in the stanza. WHS closed the final 1:18 of the period with a 6-0 spurt, making it a 49-19 contest headed into the finale.
The Lady Falcons went on a small 5-4 run over the opening 2:17 of the fourth to get as close as 53-24 down the stretch, but FHHS ended regulation with a 9-6 surge to wrap up the 32-point triumph.
Sierra Carmichael led Wahama with a game-high 23 points, followed by Nina Hunt with three markers. Bunni Peters and Faith Henry also had two points apiece for the Lady Falcons, who were 4-of-16 at the free throw line for 25 percent.
Kaylie McPherson paced Federal Hocking with 13 points, followed by Carley Tabler with nine markers. McKenzie Steele, Destiny Tabler and Tisha Glass also contributed seven points each for the Lady Lancers, who were 11-of-23 at the charity stripe for 47.8 percent.
Fed Hock — which had nine different players score in the victory — also made all five three-pointers in the contest.