GLOUSTER, Ohio — The third quarter made all the difference.
The Southern girls basketball team outscored Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Trimble 26-to-10 in the eight minutes following halftime, helping the Lady Tornadoes claim the 66-49 victory.
Southern (3-2, 2-1 TVC Hocking) held a 13-to-10 advantage after the opening quarter and expanded its lead to 21-17 by halftime.
After the intermission the Purple and Gold caught fire, scoring 26 points while holding Trimble to 10. The Lady Tomcats rallied back to score 22 points in the fourth quarter but SHS posted 19 to take the 66-49 triumph.
SHS freshman Faith Teaford led the Purple and Gold with 17 points, followed by Jordan Huddleston with 13 points, Cierra Turley with 12 and Jansen Wolfe with 10. Haley Hill marked six points, Celestia Hendrix added four, Ali Deem marked two, while Sierra Cleland and Hannah Hill each finished with one point in the triumph.
The Lady Tornadoes shot 25-of-56 (44.6 percent) from the field including 6-of-20 (30 percent) from beyond the arc. Turley and Huddleston each hit a pair of three pointers, and the Purple and Gold shot 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from the free throw line.
Southern committed 26 turnovers and had 36 rebounds in the game. Wolfe led the SHS rebounding effort with 12, followed by Teaford with seven and Hendrix with six. Haley Hill had a game-high eight assists, followed by Wolfe with four. Teaford led the SHS defense with four blocked shots. Wolfe and Haley Hill each had four steals, Deem added three and Teaford marked two.
The Lady Tomcats scoring was led by Emily McKee with 13 points, Morgan Murphy with 11 and Nikki Kish with 10. Madi Moore and Emily Ward each had five points, while Trista Lackey finished with four to round out the THS total.
Trimble shot 15-of-37 (40.5 percent) from the field, 1-of-12 (8.3 percent) from three-point range and 17-of-32 (53.1 percent) from the free throw line. Trimble had 28 turnovers and 28 rebounds, led by Kish and McKee with five rebounds apiece. Lackey led the THS defense with four steals, while Moore had three blocks.
Southern will look to sweep the Lady Tomcats on on January 18 with the Red and White come to Racine.