ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Defensive execution at its finest.
Wellston was averaging over 62 points per game coming into Friday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division contest at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium. Someone forgot to tell the Marauders, as Meigs held the Golden Rockets to a season low 41 points en route to a 14-point victory.
Wellston (7-7, 3-3 TVC Ohio) took the early advantage out scoring Meigs (6-5, 3-2) 14-to-10 over the first eight minutes of play. The Marauders picked up the defensive intensity in the second period, holding the Blue and Gold to just two points over eight minutes. Meigs scored 13 in the second, led by Dillon Boyer with 11, to take the 23-16 halftime advantage.
The Marauders kept the momentum going in the second half, out scoring Wellston 10-to-8 in the period to expand their lead to nine points. The Maroon and Gold closed out the game with a 23-to-17 run in which they hit 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) free throw attempts to close out the 56-41 victory.
The Marauders were led by Boyer with 21 points on the night including 4-for-4 performance from three-point range. Kaileb Sheets hit Meigs’ other trey and scored 10 points on the night. Ty Phelps chipped in with nine points, Treay McKinney added eight, while Jared Williamson and Cody Stewart each marked four points to close out the MHS scoring.
Stewart led Meigs with nine rebounds, followed by McKinney with eight and Sheets with six. Phelps finished with team-highs in assists with two and steals with three. As a team MHS finished with 32 rebounds, six assists, five steals and 13 turnovers. The Marauders shot 12-of-24 (50 percent) from the charity stripe and 18-of-41 (43.9 percent) from the field, including 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Golden Rockets were led by Dakota Brown with 15 points, and Justus Ousley with 11. Andrew Richards notched six points, Lane Bunnell added four, Braydon Womeldorf had three and Colton Ervin rounded out the WHS scoring with two points.Womeldorf, Brown and Ousley each hit a three-pointer for Wellston.
The Marauders have now won back to back games and they earned the season split with Wellston. The Golden Rockets were victorious in the teams first meeting back on December 7th in Jackson County by a count of 72-52.
Prior to Friday night’s game Wellston’s lowest scoring total of the season was the 48 that came in a two-point victory over Athens.