ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Visiting Warren had 11 players reach the scoring column and also forced 27 turnovers Friday night during an 81-43 season-opening victory over Meigs in a non-conference matchup at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The host Marauders (0-1) had a tough go of things in David Kight’s debut on the MHS sideline, as the Warriors (1-0) forced 17 first-half turnovers en route to establishing a 45-21 intermission advantage. Warren — which committed 19 turnovers in the triumph — led 64-35 through three quarters of play and twice led by as many as 38 points, the final differential in the contest.
Meigs claimed its only lead of the night 40 seconds into regulation, as Jared Williamson hit a short jumper for a 2-0 advantage. WHS, however, countered with eight straight points over the next 1:55 to take an 8-2 edge with 5:25 left in the opening canto.
Kaileb Sheets answered with a three-ball at the 4:31 mark to get the hosts back to within a possession at 8-5, but the Marauders never came closer the rest of the way. The Warriors reeled off the next 11 points and finished the quarter with an 18-4 surge to establish a 26-9 lead after eight minutes of play.
MHS scored the opening basket of the second period to pull within 15, but Warren countered with eight consecutive points for a 34-11 cushion with 5:15 left in the half. The Warriors — who forced 10 Meigs turnovers in the second period — closed the final five-plus minutes with a small 11-10 run, giving the hosts a 45-21 edge at the break.
The Marauders twice cut the deficit down to 22 points in the third quarter, the last of which came at 57-35 with 2:34 remaining. Warren responded with a 7-0 spurt to close the quarter for a 64-35 cushion headed into the finale.
The Warriors outscored the hosts 17-8 down the stretch and took their first 38-point lead at 79-41 with 2:14 left in regulation.
Meigs connected on 17-of-52 field goal attempts overall for 33 percent, including a 2-of-7 effort from behind the arc for 12 percent. The hosts hauled in 30 rebounds (10 offensive), had five steals and dished out three assists in the setback while sinking 7-of-15 free throws for 47 percent.
Jared Williamson led the Marauders with 13 points, followed by Dillon Boyer and Kaileb Sheets with nine markers apiece. Treay McKinney and Dustin Ulbrich were next with four points each, while Ty Phelps and Jordan Hutton rounded things out with two points apiece.
Phelps and Boyer led MHS in rebounds with nine and seven, respectively. Sheets paced the hosts with two steals and two assists.
Reece Patton paced Warren and all scorers with 23 points, followed by Michael Hall with 17 markers and Evan French with 12 points. Danny Pannell and Max Dryer respectively chipped in eight and five points to the winning cause. WHS was 12-of-30 at the charity stripe for 40 percent.