WELLSTON, Ohio — Talk about starting the season on the right foot.
The Southern girls basketball team kicked off the 2015-16 campaign in style Friday night, defeating non-conference host Wellston 53-24, in Jackson County.
The Lady Tornadoes (1-0) stormed out to a 16-6 lead through the first eight minutes of play, and expanded their lead to 31-9 at halftime. Southern edged the Lady Rockets (0-1) 12-to-10 in the third canto, pushing the advantage to 43-19. SHS finished the night with a 10-to-5 spurt, capping off the 53-24 victory.
Southern junior Faith Teaford paced the Purple and Gold with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-9 from the charity stripe, while pulling in a team-best eight rebounds.
SHS senior guard Haley Hill, who was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line, marked 14 points, while Jansen Wolfe had nine points in the win. Savannah Bailey and Sierra Cleland both finished with five points, while Macie Michael rounded out the Southern scoring with four markers.
Wolfe, who grabbed seven rebounds on the night, led the defense with eight blocks and two steals. Hill posted five steals and two blocks for the Purple and Gold, while Cleland, who hit the Lady Tornadoes’ lone trifecta, had two blocks and one steal in the triumph. SHS senior Ali Deem finished with four steals, Bailey added three, while Teaford and Michael each had one steal. Deem, Wolfe and Michael led Southern with three assists each, followed by Hill with two.
As a team Southern shot 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) from the free throw line, 21-of-54 (38.9 percent) from the field, including just 1-of-11 (9.1 percent) from beyond the arc. The Lady Tornadoes had 31 rebounds, 13 assists, 17 steals, 12 blocks and 22 turnovers.
Green led the Lady Rockets with seven points, followed by Mullins with six. Doles and Sowers both finished with four points, while Kisor had two and Jeffries added one.
These teams will meet again on December 21, in Racine. Southern, which hosted River Valley in non-conference action on Monday, returns to the court on November 30, when Miller visits Meigs County.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.