RACINE, Ohio — The momentum started in the Lady Tornadoes’ favor, and they weren’t about to give it up.
The Southern girls basketball team outscored Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Wahama by eight points in the opening quarter and never looked back, en route to a 53-31 victory, on Thursday night in Meigs County.
The Lady Tornadoes (3-1, 2-0 TVC Hocking) — who have now won three straight games by double-digits — outscored WHS (1-2, 0-1) 14-to-6 in the opening quarter, with SHS senior center Faith Teaford scoring 10 of the SHS markers.
SHS extended its lead to 24-12 by halftime and 36-19 by the end of the third period. Both offenses had their best quarter of the night in the fourth, as Southern scored 17 and Wahama scored 12, capping off the Lady Tornadoes’ 53-31 victory.
Teaford finished with game-bests of 23 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the victors. Sierra Cleland, Ashley Acree and Jaiden Roberts each scored six points for the Lady Tornadoes, with Roberts also marking four assists. Paige VanMeter and Macie Michael both chipped in with four points, while Baylee Wolfe and Lauren Lavender rounded out the Southern scoring with two points apiece.
Teaford also led the Purple and Gold defensively with two steals and three blocked shots, while Sierra Cleland added a team-high three steals.
Southern shot 22-of-58 (37.9 percent) from the field, including 3-of-12 (25 percent) from beyond the arc. SHS made 6-of-8 free throws, equaling 75 percent. As a team, SHS had 31 rebounds, 13 assists, 10 steals, four blocks and 13 turnovers.
WHS freshman Hannah Rose led the Lady Falcons with 18 points, followed by Nena Hunt with five and Gracie VanMeter with four. Natalie Rickard and Elizabeth Mullins both scored two points in the setback for WHS. Maddy VanMatre led Wahama in rebounding and assists, pulling down seven boards and dishing out two helpers.
The Lady Falcons were 4-of-14 from the charity stripe, equaling 28.6 percent. As a team, WHS marked 25 rebounds, two assists and 19 turnovers.
On Tuesday at Buffalo, Wahama claimed a 29-24 victory over the host Lady Bison, snapping the Lady Falcons’ 68-game losing skid. In that game, VanMatre led the Red and White with 11 points, 15 rebounds and two assists. Rose was next with nine points, followed by Hunt with seven and Grace Haddox with two.
Wahama and Southern will face off again on January 21, at Gary Clark Court, in Mason.
After a non-conference meeting with Athens, on Saturday at Wellston High School, the Lady Tornadoes will resume TVC Hocking play on Monday, at Federal Hocking.
Wahama will host 0-4 Miller in its next game, on Monday in Mason.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.