RACINE, Ohio — Now that’s how you bounce back.
The Southern girls basketball team was left with a sour taste in its mouth following an 0-2 performance in Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division play this past week. However, the Lady Tornadoes ended the week on a high note, knocking off non-conference guest Pike Eastern by a 57-29 count on Saturday in Meigs County.
Southern (13-6) bolted out to a 12-4 lead through one quarter, and the Purple and Gold expanded the advantage to 25-9 by halftime.
A 22-to-9 third quarter run pushed the Lady Tornado lead to 47-18 headed into the finale. SHS hit all six fourth quarter free throw tries and sealed the 57-29 triumph.
“It’s a big win for us in non-league, especially after a tough loss at Belpre,” SHS head coach Kent Wolfe said. “We’re trying to get where we need to be and that was a big stepping stone for us. I was very happy with our third quarter performance, because I didn’t want them to come out, see that lead and relax. Our post players were very good, we knew that we had a slight advantage there and we were able to attack that.”
The SHS offense was led by Haley Hill and Faith Teaford with 18 points each, followed by Ali Deem with 10. Jansen Wolfe scored six points, Sierra Cleland added four, while Savannah Bailey rounded out the Southern scoring with one marker.
Teaford also led the hosts on the glass with seven rebounds, while Bailey chipped in with seven. Hill and Cleland both recorded four assists to lead Southern, while Deem paced the defense with six steals. Teaford came away with five steals in the win, while Hill added four steals and a blocked shot.
Southern connected on 15-of-18 (83.3 percent) free throw attempts and 20-of-62 (32.3 percent) field goal tries, including 2-of-15 (13.3 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team the Purple and Gold recorded 32 rebounds, 14 assists, 19 steals, two blocked shots and 12 turnovers.
Carson Roney led the Lady Eagles with 17 points, followed by Olivia Hatfield with seven. Leah Compton and Cassidy Fremont both scored two points, while Maddy Southworth added one point to the EHS total.
Eastern sank 9-of-15 (60 percent) free throw attempts and 10-of-44 (22.7 percent) field goal attempts, while pulling in 29 rebounds.
This game also served as revenge for the Purple and Gold, as Pike Eastern ousted the Lady Tornadoes by a 46-40 count in the sectional final last season.
Southern — which visited Federal Hocking on Monday — returns to action on Thursday when Wahama visits Racine. SHS claimed a 61-16 victory over the Lady Falcons on January 4, in Mason.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.