RACINE, Ohio — A strong finish leads to a Tornado victory.
Southern scored 22 points in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s non-conference matchup against River Valley to take the 62-58 victory in Charles W. Hayman Gymnasium.
The Tornadoes (5-5) out scored River Valley (2-7) 14-to-12 in the opening stanza to take the early momentum. The Raider offense caught fire in the second quarter scoring 22 points. Southern scored 15 in the second and trailed 34-29 at halftime.
The Purple and Gold cut into the RVHS lead by one point in the third period and trailed 44-40 with eight minutes remaining. Southern finished the game on a 22-to-14 spurt to seal its second straight home victory 62-58.
The Tornadoes were led by Tristen Wolfe with 16 points and Casey Pickens with 15. Hunter Johnson hit Southern’s only three-pointer en route to eight points, Adam Pape added seven points, and Zac Beegle had five. Dennis Teaford had four points, Chandler Drummer notched three, while Trenton Deem and Taylor McNickle each marked two points to round out the SHS scoring.
Tyler Twyman led RVHS with 14 points, including three three-pointers. Joesph Loyd and Justin Rusk each had 10 points, while Seann Roberts and Jacob Gilmore each marked seven. Rusk and Loyd each hit two three’s while Gilmore had one. Burnie Stanley notched six points, while Kyle Bays and Ethan Dovenbarger rounded out the Raiders scoring with two points each.
Southern was 17-of-32 (53.1 percent) from the charity stripe, while RVHS was 6-of-11 (54.5 percent).
SHS improves to 3-2 at home this season, while River Valley is 2-4 on the road.