RACINE, Ohio — It took a comeback but the Lady Tornadoes earned their third straight victory.
The Southern girls basketball team trailed by double digits headed into the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking division tilt against visiting South Gallia. The Purple and Gold scored 28 points in the finale to take the 61-56 triumph and complete the sweep of the Lady Rebels.
The Lady Rebels (10-7, 6-6 TVC Hocking) surged out to a 13-10 lead through the opening quarter and expanded the lead to 33-19 after the second quarter.
The Lady Tornadoes (11-3, 8-2) trimmed the lead to 12 headed into the fourth period and cut the lead to single digits with 5:30 to play. With three SGHS starters fouled out of the game Southern tied the game with 2:20 remaining. Southern was 7-of-8 from the free throw line over the final two minutes to seal the 61-56 victory.
The Purple and Gold were led by Celestia Hendrix with 22 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Cierra Turley had 15 points, all of which came after halftime, while Jansen Wolfe and Ali Deem both marked eight. Faith Teaford had six points and Haley Hill had two, rounding out the Lady Tornadoes total.
Southern shot 18-of-47 (38.3) from the field, 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from beyond the arc and 23-of-34 (67.6 percent) from the free throw line. As a team SHS had 37 rebounds, 16 assists, five blocked shots, 10 steals and 24 turnovers.
Hendrix led the Lady Tornadoes with 13 rebounds, followed by Wolfe with 10. Wolfe led SHS with six assists, while Hannah Hill led the defense with four steals. Wolfe had three blocked shots to anchor the Purple and Gold defense.
The Lady Rebels were led by Mikayla Poling with 18 points and Rachel Johnson with 13. Lesley Small had nine points, Sara Bailey added eight, Ashley Northup marked four, while Caitlyn VansCoy and Kelsey Corbin rounded out SGHS with two points each.
The Lady Rebels were 19-of-61 (31.1 percent) from the field, 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) from beyond the arc and 12-of-24 (50 percent) from the charity stripe. SGHS had 29 rebounds, 13 assists, 15 steals and 17 turnovers. SGHS was led by Poling with 14 rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Southern also defeated SGHS on December 21, in Mercerville by a count of 54-51.