ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Too many missed shots and too many turnovers.
The Meigs girls basketball team shot under 25 percent from the field and committed 18 turnovers on Monday night in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium, as the Lady Marauders suffered their first setback of the season, by a 41-30 count to Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division guest Nelsonville-York.
The Lady Marauders (2-1, 0-1 TVC Ohio) were held scoreless for the first seven minutes of play, as Nelsonville-York (6-0, 2-0) built a 9-0 lead. Meigs’ only two points of the first period came with 52 seconds left, when Kassidy Betzing sank 2-of-2 free throws.
Meigs made two more free throws early in the second period, cutting the NYHS lead to 9-4. At the 4:45 mark of the second, Devin Humphreys sank a two-pointer on an assist by Alli Hatfield, to give MHS its first field goal of the game and cut the deficit to 9-6.
With 4:38 left in the first half, Nelsonville-York ended six-minute dry spell with a two-pointer, but the Lady Buckeyes didn’t score again for over three minutes. Meigs cut the deficit to 11-8 before the Lady Buckeyes connected on their second three-pointer of the half, at the 1:23 mark of the period.
The Lady Marauders sank the final four points of the half, and went into the locker room trailing 14-12.
Nelsonville-York claimed the first two points of the second half, but Meigs answered right back to keep the deficit at two. With 5:15 left in the third period, Meigs sophomore Madison Fields came up with a steal and a layup, tying the game at 16.
The game was tied for just one minute, as the Lady Buckeyes sank a trifecta with 4:15 left in the third. Less than 15 seconds later, NYHS converted an old-fashioned three-pointer, extending the lead to 22-16.
The Lady Buckeyes outscored Meigs 6-to-3 over the final four minutes of the third, and the guests led 28-19 with eight minutes remaining.
In the fourth quarter, Nelsonville-York’s lead never dipped lower than 10, as the Lady Buckeyes sank nine free throws to seal the 41-30 victory.
“Their pressure really dictated the way that we played today,” first-year Meigs head coach Jarrod Kasun said. “I thought that we had good practices working up to the pressure that they were going to put on us, but we just couldn’t simulate it in practice. We had too many live-ball turnovers and that killed us.”
For the game, Nelsonville-York held a 36-to-34 advantage on the boards, including 16-to-14 on the offensive end. The Lady Buckeyes also held a 13-to-18 advantage in turnovers, an 11-to-2 advantage in steals and a 6-to-5 edge in assists.
Meigs was 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from the free throw line, while NYHS was 11-of-30 (36.7 percent), including 9-of-23 in the final stanza. NYHS shot 13-of-44 (29.4 percent) from the field, including 4-of-19 (21.1 percent) from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Meigs was just 12-of-52 (23.1 percent) from the field, including 1-of-16 (6.3 percent) from deep.
“Our shooting is just horrendous right now,” Kasun said. “We haven’t shot the ball well all year, but we’re working on it. When you see the ball go through the hoop it makes you play that much better, you get less turnovers and more shot attempts. We have to come in and work on getting the ball in the hoop.”
Betzing led the Maroon and Gold offensively with 14 points, followed by Danielle Morris, Humphreys and Fields with four points each. Marissa Noble and Madison Hendricks rounded out the MHS scoring with two points apiece.
Betzing and Humphreys tied for the team lead with seven rebounds apiece, while Betzing and Hendricks both had a team-high two assists. Five different Lady Marauders came up with a steal in the setback.
Jessie Addis led the victors with 16 points, followed by Sam Taylor with eight, Jordan Fick with seven and MaryKate McCullough with six. Joscelyn Heller and Sidney Fick both marked two points for the Orange and Brown.
Sidney Fick pulled in a game-best 11 rebounds, while Sam Taylor marked game-highs in steals and assists, with five and four respectively.
Meigs will have a chance for revenge when it visits Nelsonville-York, on January 23.
The Lady Marauders return to action on Thursday, at Wellston.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.