STEWART, Ohio — A strong finish caps off Lady Tornadoes’ 10th league win of the season.
The Southern girls basketball team marked 24 points in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 73-48 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Federal Hocking.
Southern (13-7, 10-5 TVC Hocking) led 19-to-10 after the first quarter but Federal Hocking (3-16, 3-10) answered with a 17-to-12 run in the second quarter, cutting the lead to four at halftime.
The Purple and Gold outscored their host 18-to-7 in the third quarter and 24-to-14 in the fourth to seal the 25 point victory.
Southern had three scorers reach double figures, led by Celestia Hendrix with 16 points and Jansen Wolfe with 14. Haley Hill marked 10 points, followed by Faith Teaford and Cierra Turley with eight apiece. Ali Deem tallied six points, Hannah Hill added five, while Jordan Huddleston, Macie Michael and Savannah Bailey each marked two points in the win.
The Lady Tornadoes shot 24-of-68 (35.3 percent) from the field including just 1-of-16 (6.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Southern hit 24-of-35 (68.6 percent) of its free throw attempts on the night. SHS as a team had 48 rebounds, nine assists, seven blocks, 23 steals and 21 turnovers.
Hendrix paced the Purple and Gold with 16 rebounds and five blocks, while Turley had a team-best three assists. Hannah Hill and Turley each had four steals to lead the SHS defensive effort.
The Lady Lancers were led by Megan Thomson with 15 points and Destiny Tabler with 12. Whitney Gillian had nine points, McKenzie Steele marked six, while Carley Tabler and Cheyenne Singer each had three points.
Federal Hocking shot 18-of-63 (28.6 percent) from the field, 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from three point range and 10-of-26 (38.5 percent) from the free throw line. FHHS had 53 rebounds, six assists, three blocks, 16 steals and 35 turnovers.
Thompson led the Lady Lancers with 11 rebounds, while Carley Tabler posted a game-high four assists. Gillian led the Federal Hocking defense with four steals, while Singer added a pair of blocks.
This season marks the first time the Lady Tornadoes have marked double digit wins in the TVC Hocking. Southern also defeated Federal Hocking on January 11, in Racine by a count of 64-47.