GLOUSTER, Ohio — Talk about saving your best for last.
The Southern girls basketball team outscored Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Trimble by a 15-to-7 clip over the final eight minutes Thursday night, allowing the Lady Tornadoes to escape White Gymnasium with a 34-26 win.
The Lady Tornadoes (12-4, 10-2 TVC Hocking) — who have now won five of their last six games — trailed 7-3 after the opening period, but cut the Trimble (9-8, 6-6) lead to one possession at 14-11, by halftime.
SHS evened the game with an 8-to-5 third quarter run, leaving the teams deadlocked at 19 with eight minutes to play. Southern’s 15-to-7 fourth quarter run was sparked by a 7-of-9 performance form the charity stripe, which helped to secure the 34-26 win.
SHS senior Ali Deem — who scored all 11 of Southern’s first half points — led the Purple and Gold with 13 markers in the game. Faith Teaford posted a double-double effort of 10 points and 17 rebounds, while Sierra Cleland scored four points. Haley Hill had three points to go along with team-highs in assists with five and steals with three. Jansen Wolfe scored two points and blocked seven shots, while Savannah Bailey finished with two points for the victors.
Southern was successful on 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) free throw attempts and 12-of-32 (37.5 percent) field goal attempts, including 2-of-8 (25 percent) from three-point range. As a team the Purple and Gold finished with 43 rebounds, eight assists, five steals, nine blocks and 30 turnovers.
Trimble was led by Morgan Murphy with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists and six steals, while Emily Ward added four points and two assists. Sydney Hardy posted three points and a team-high two blocks, while Nikki Kish had two points and seven rebounds. Payton Dixon rounded out the THS scoring with two points in the setback.
The Red and Silver shot 4-of-8 (50 percent) from the free throw line and 10-of-50 (20 percent) from the field, including 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team THS had 24 rebounds, seven assists, 14 steals, two blocks and 15 turnovers.
Southern also defeated Trimble on December 10, by a 31-29 edge in Racine. The Purple and Gold are scheduled to return to action on Monday when they host TVC Hocking leader Waterford. WHS handed Southern a 78-41 setback on December 17, in Washington County.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342 ext 2100.