WATERFORD, Ohio — Southern fans may want to get on the phone this weekend and order a nice fruit basket to send to the Wahama boys basketball program.
After all, the White Falcons handed the Tornadoes one heck of a present Friday night.
Wahama earned just its third road win of the season, which allowed idle Southern to clinch a share of its first-ever Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division championship Friday night following the White Falcons’ 70-63 victory over host Waterford at the Harry Cooper Annex in Washington County.
The visiting White Falcons (8-11, 7-8 TVC Hocking) stormed out to a 20-12 lead after eight minutes and never looked back, although the Wildcats (14-6, 12-4) managed to keep pace with WHS the rest of the night.
WHS made a small 13-12 run in the second canto to enter halftime trailing 32-25, but Wahama countered with a 22-21 spurt in the third canto to extend its lead out to 54-46 headed into the finale.
The White Falcons were outscored by a slim 17-16 margin in the fourth, but netted 10-of-19 free throw attempts down the stretch to ultimately wrap up the seven-point triumph. Wahama also salvaged a season split with WHS after dropping a 68-57 decision in Mason back on Dec. 10.
Hunter Bradley led Wahama with a game-high 19 points, followed by Hunter Rose with 18 points and Wyatt Zuspan with 15 markers. Brent Larck was next with eight points, while Ryan Thomas contributed seven markers to the winning cause.
Michael Hendricks and Derek Hysell rounded out the respective scoring with two points and one point. WHS also went 14-of-25 at the free throw line for 56 percent.
Jordan Welch paced Waterford with 17 points, followed by Mitch Ginther with 14 points and Eli Strahler with 11 markers. The Wildcats were 7-of-12 at the charity stripe for 58 percent.
Both teams made 25 total field goals in the contest, which included six trifectas apiece.
Southern — which split with both Wahama and Waterford this season — also finished the year with a 12-4 mark within the TVC Hocking.