Athens defeated the Lady Marauders 40-37 as the two teams are vying for second place in the TVC Ohio. Alexander has already locked up first place.
The Lady Bulldogs lead 14-6 after the first quarter, and 26-19 at the half. The tide seemed to shift in the second half, as Meigs held the Lady Bulldogs to single digits in each of the last two quarters.
Meigs cut the lead by two in the third quarter, as Athens still led by a score of 35-30. Athens scored first in the fourth quarter, going up 38-30, before going scoreless for 4:34 in the fourth. Meigs cut the lead to three after a field goal from Morgan Howard at the 2:01 mark in the fourth quarter. Athens made it 40-35 with 1:16 remaining, but Meigs could only cut the Athens lead to three, as Miranda Grueser made two free throws. Athens held on for the 40-37 victory.
The Lady Marauders were led by Grueser with 13 points. Morgan Howard added seven points, Tricia Smith had five points, Micki Barnes and Jazzman Fish each scored four points, and Alaine Arnold and Meri VanMeter each had two points.
Athens was led by Raven Cline with 12 points. Elena Lein added 11 points and 11 blocks, Cindy Willis had seven points, Jamie Sindelar scored six points, and Gracie Staten and Emily Hopton each added two points.
Athens also won the JV game by a score of 31 to 18.
The rematch between Athens and Meigs will begin at 6 p.m. with the JV game.