RACINE, Ohio — Rebounding is a key component of winning basketball.
The Southern girls basketball team pulled down 55 rebounds Thursday night en rout to a 61-21 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Wahama.
Southern (4-2, 3-2 TVC Hocking) came out of the gates quick Thursday evening, jumping out to a 25-4 lead by the conclusion of the opening quarter. Wahama (0-4, 0-3) rallied to score 11 points in the second quarter but the Lady Tornadoes marked 14 in the period and led 39-15 at halftime.
Following the break Southern went on a 20-to-2 run, pushing the lead to 59-17 headed into the finale. With the lead well in hand the Purple and Gold were outscored 4-to-2 in the fourth quarter and SHS claimed the 61-21 win.
Celestia Hendrix led the Lady Tornadoes with 19 points, followed by Hannah Hill with eight, Faith Teaford with seven and Cierra Turley with five. Haley Hill, Sarah Dowell, Sierra Cleland, Macie Michael and Cassie Roush each scored four points, while Jansen Wolfe rounded out the Purple and Gold scoring with two points.
As a team Southern shot 24-of-66 (36.4 percent) from the field and 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) from the free throw line. The Lady Tornadoes had 19 turnovers on the night, while pulling down 55 rebounds. Wolfe led the SHS rebounding attack with 10, followed by Hendrix with eight, Michael with seven and Cleland with six. Ali Deem, Haley Hill, Dowell and Wolfe each had two assists, while Hannah Hill led the Purple and Gold defense with five steals. Turley had the game’s lone blocked shot and added three steals.
The Lady Falcons were led by Sierra Carmichael with 16 points, followd by Faith Henry and Olivia Hill with two each. Bunni Peters rounded out the Red and White scoring with one point in the setback.
Wahama as a whole shot 8-of-34 (23.5 percent) from the field and 3-of-10 (30 percent) from the free throw line. The Lady Falcons committed 32 turnovers and grabbed 24 rebounds in the loss. Hill had a team high seven rebounds, followed by Peters with six and Henry with five. Hill finished with a team-high two assists, while Peters and Carmichael led the defense with four steals each.
These teams will faceoff again on on January 23rd in Mason.