RACINE, Ohio — The dream is still alive.
The Southern boys basketball team kept its slim league title hopes alive Wednesday night following a 56-50 victory over visiting Trimble in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Meigs County.
The host Tornadoes (16-6, 12-4 TVC Hocking) needed a win to maintain the possibility of sharing the league crown with Waterford (12-3 TVC Hocking), which still has a makeup game to play at home against Wahama. A White Falcons triumph Friday night would allow SHS to share the TVC Hocking title.
The Tornadoes stymied the Tomcats (9-10, 8-7) in the opening 16 minutes of play, as the guests managed just 13 points en route to a 20-13 halftime deficit. Southern led 11-7 after eight minutes of play, then made a 9-6 second quarter run to claim the seven-point edge.
The Purple and Gold kept that momentum going into the second half, as the hosts went on an 18-16 spurt to secure a 38-29 lead headed into the finale. Trimble ended regulation with a 21-18 run, but ultimately never came closer than two possessions down the stretch.
The Tornadoes claimed a season sweep of THS following a 57-52 decision in Glouster back on Jan. 30.
Southern connected on 21-of-63 field goal attempts for 33 percent, including a 2-of-11 effort from three-point range for 18 percent. The hosts were 12-of-27 at the free throw line for 44 percent and outrebounded THS by a 42-29 overall margin.
Tristen Wolfe led SHS with a game-high 26 points, followed by Trenton Deem with 12 points and Zac Beegle with nine markers. Chandler Drummer and Dennis Teaford rounded out the respective scoring with five and four points.
Drummer hauled in a team-best 12 rebounds for the Tornadoes, who committed 15 turnovers in the triumph.
Trimble netted 20-of-59 shot attempts for 34 percent, including a 5-of-19 effort from behind the arc for 26 percent. The guests went just 4-of-7 at the charity stripe for 57 percent and committed 14 turnovers in the setback.
Wyatt Bragg led the Tomcats with 14 points, followed by Micah Couch with 12 points and Justics Jenkins with 11 markers.