ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Takeaways and rebounds lead the Lady Marauders to their first win of the season.
The Meigs girls basketball team pulled in 45 rebounds and forced 29 turnovers Monday night in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium, as the Maroon and Gold claimed a 62-41 victory over non-conference guest Federal Hocking.
Meigs (1-1) fell behind 6-1 midway through the opening stanza, but battled to within one point at 10-9 by the end of the period.
In the opening minute of the second quarter Meigs took its first lead of the contest at 11-10, however, Federal Hocking (0-1) sank a pair of free throws to regain the advantage. A trifecta by Meigs sophomore Madison Hendricks at the 7:02 mark of the second gave the hosts their second lead of the game, and the Lady Marauders never trailed again.
Meigs went into the half with a 29-23 advantage, and the Lady Marauders pushed the lead to 14 as they scored eight straight points to begin the second half. MHS built its lead to 41-25 with four minutes to play in the quarter, but the Lady Lancers closed the third on a 9-2 run, trimming their deficit to 11.
Federal Hocking pulled within single digits just three minutes into the fourth quarter, but the Lady Marauders closed the game with a 16-3 run, sealing the 62-41 victory.
“It was a good team win, everybody contributed,” first year Meigs head coach Scott Cleland said afterwards. “We put pressure on the ball, and we denied the wings. We got caught on a run out a couple of times, but that’s just something we need to work on, taking care of the weakside.”
MHS junior Alli Hatfield paced the hosts with 11 points, followed by Hendricks and Kassidy Betzing with seven each. Madison Fields posted six points, Sarah Dowell, Haiden English, Courtney Jones, Halley Barnes and Bre Colburn each added five, while Devin Humphreys, Danielle Morris and Marissa Noble each finished with two markers.
Betzing led Meigs on the glass with 12 rebounds, followed by Dowell with seven and Hatfield with six. Betzing also posted a team-high seven assists, while Humphreys led Meigs with three blocks. Jones and Fields charged the Lady Marauder defense with three steals each, while Betzing, Barnes and Dowell all had two steals.
The Lady Marauders were 17-of-33 (51.5 percent) from the free throw line and 21-of-65 (32.3 percent) from the field, including 1-of-15 (6.7 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team Meigs had 45 rebounds, 12 assists, 17 steals, five blocks, 27 fouls and 23 turnovers.
“We’ve got 13 girls and all of them contributed,” Cleland said. “We’re going to be a third and fourth quarter team. We have people that sit and rest, then they come in and contrbute. Whether it was two points, a rebound or boxing out, whatever it was everyone of them got the job done.”
Federal Hocking was led by Miranda Scott with 13 points, followed by Hannah Dunfee with eight and Jordan Gillian with six. Audrey Blake had four points, Taylor Gillian and Chelsea Washburn each added three, while Skylar Hatfield and Faith Bennett Wolfe both had two points.
Scott also led Federal Hocking in rebounds with 16 and assists with three. Scott and Dunfee led the Lady Lancers defense with each recording three steals and one block.
FHHS shot 18-of-28 (64.3 percent) from the free throw line, 11-of-56 (19.6 percent) from the field, and 0-of-15 from beyond the arc. As a team the guests had 40 rebounds, six assists, 10 steals, two blocks, 26 fouls and 29 turnovers. Federal Hocking had three players foul out of the game, while Meigs only had one player with five fouls.
The Lady Marauders, who lost their season opener by a 56-42 count to Amanda-Clearcreek, return to the court on Saturday when they visit Belpre. Meigs will hope to complete the season sweep of Federal Hocking when these teams face off on January 4, in Stewart.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.