RACINE, Ohio — Another night of woes, just not on the road.
The Southern boys basketball team dropped its second straight decision Friday night following a 66-52 setback to visiting Trimble in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Meigs County.
The Tornadoes (3-2, 2-2 TVC Hocking) suffered their first home loss of the season, thanks in large part to a 36-24 second half surge that allowed the Tomcats (4-0, 4-0) to remain unbeaten while extending a slim 30-28 halftime advantage.
THS also proved to be the more aggressive group on the hardwood after earning 39 free throw attempts in the contest, which led to 25 makes for a 64 percent average. Southern, conversely, was only 6-of-7 at the charity stripe for 85 percent.
The Purple and Gold netted 20-of-44 field goal attempts for 45 percent, including a 6-of-22 effort from three-point range for 27 percent. The hosts also committed 11 turnovers and had 24 rebounds (six offensive) in the setback.
Dylan Smith paced SHS with a game-high 22 points, followed by Crenson Rogers with 13 points and Tylar Blevins with nine markers. Blake Johnson and Trey Pickens rounded out the scoring with respective efforts of five and three markers.
Pickens hauled in a team-high eight rebounds and Rogers had five boards. Smith dished out eight assists and also had a team-best two steals.
The Tomcats were 18-of-45 from the field for 40 percent, including a 5-of-13 effort from three-point range for 38 percent. THS hauled in 38 rebounds (seven offensive) and also committed nine turnovers in the triumph.
Randy Hixson led Trimble with 21 points, followed by Kameron Curry with 14 points and Tyler Slack with 13 markers. Ryan Richards also added a double-digit effort with 12 points.
Alex Coffman and Max Hooper completed the winning tally with four and two points, respectively.
Slack led the guests with 12 rebounds and Curry added another eight caroms. Slack also had a team-high five assists.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.