MASON, W.Va. — Top-ranked with good reason.
The Waterford girls basketball team — which was the No. 1 ranked team in the latest OHSAA Division IV AP Poll — rolled to a 67-12 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Wahama, Thursday night in Mason County.
The Lady Wildcats (13-0, 11-0 TVC Hocking) scored the first 23 points of the game, before Wahama (0-11, 0-10) senior Olivia Hill stole the ball and made a two-pointer with two seconds left in the first quarter.
Waterford outscored the Lady Falcons 24-4 in the second period, with all four Wahama markers being scored by freshman Maddy VanMatre. The Green and White — who led 47-6 at the break — held a 14-to-7 rebounding advantage, a 7-to-23 edge in turnovers and a 64-to-27.3 advantage in field goal percentage in the first half.
The Lady Wildcats scored the first eight points of the second half, but the Lady Falcons answered with four straight points by Hill. Waterford ended the third period with a 4-0 run and a 59-10 lead. Waterford outscored the host 8-to-2 over the final eight minutes to cap off the 67-12 victory.
Hill led Wahama with eight points and two rebounds, followed by VanMatre with four points and a team-high three boards. Hill, VanMatre, Kymber Bowyer and Faith Henry each had two steals for the Red and White, in the setback.
The Lady Falcons shot 2-of-2 from the free throw line and 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) from the field, including 0-of-6 from beyond the arc. As a team Wahama finished with 10 rebounds, 10 steals and 30 turnovers.
Waterford had all 12 players score and record an assist in the win. Regan Porter led the Green and White scoring with 11 points, followed by Rachel Adams with 10. Jillian McCutcheon and Abby Eichmiller each scored seven points, Kenzi Dietz added six points, while Dani Drayer, Alli Kern and Hayley Duff each finished with five points. Hannah Duff scored four points, Megan Ball chipped in with four, while Mariah Starkey and Erin Roush rounded out the guests total with two points each.
Kern led Waterford on the glass with seven rebounds, while Drayer, Kern, Hannah Duff and Hayley Duff each had three assists to lead the guests. Kern also charged the Green and White on defense with three steals and one blocked shot.
The Lady Wildcats finished with 19 defensive rebounds, 12 offensive rebounds, 24 assists, 15 steals, two rejections and 16 turnovers. Waterford shot 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) from the charity stripe and 26-of-44 (59.1 percent) from the field, including 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) from three-point range.
Waterford also defeated Wahama on December 7, in Washington County by a 57-4 final. The Lady Wildcats — who were OHSAA Division IV runners-up last season — have now won 31 consecutive TVC Hocking games, while the Lady Falcons have lost 47 straight league games.
Wahama returns to the court on Thursday, at 2-12 Miller. MHS — which is 2-9 in the league — defeated the Red and White on December 10, by a 62-23 count in Mason.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.