STEWART, Ohio — The start was nice, but what a finish.
The Southern girls basketball team — which led Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host by four points at the end of the first and third quarters — outscored the Lady Lancers 13-to-6 over the final eight minutes to secure the 41-30 victory, Monday night in McInturf Gymnasium.
The Lady Tornadoes (14-6, 11-4 TVC Hocking) led 11-to-7 at the conclusion of the first period and expanded the lead to 20-14 by halftime.
Federal Hocking (5-16, 4-12) outscored its guest 10-to-8 in the third quarter, and the Lady Lancer deficit sat at 28-24 with eight minutes to play. However, the Maroon and Gold were held to just one field goal in the fourth quarter, while Southern hit 7-of-11 free throws in the period, helping to seal the 41-30 victory.
SHS junior Faith Teaford led the victors 13 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Ali Deem with 10 points and Savannah Bailey with eight points. Jansen Wolfe recorded four points, nine rebounds and two assists, Haley Hill scored three points and added three assists, while Sierra Cleland rounded out the SHS offense with three points.
Southern’s defense was led by Hill and Deem with three steals each, while Wolfe marked two steals and two blocked shots.
The Purple and Gold shot 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from the free throw line and 14-of-38 (36.8 percent) from the field, including 2-of-3 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc. Collectively, the Lady Tornadoes finished with 33 rebounds, six assists, 11 steals, three blocks and 19 turnovers.
Federal Hocking was led by Destiny Tabler with 10 points and Hannah Dunfee with eight, followed by Audrey Blake with four points and Kaylli McPherson with three. Gracie Beha and Skylar Hatfield rounded out the Lady Lancer scoring with two points and one point respectively. FHHS shot 3-of-4 from the free throw line, equaling 75 percent.
Southern also defeated Federal Hocking on December 21, by a 65-25 count in Racine.
The Lady Tornadoes return home on Thursday for their regular season finale against Wahama. Southern topped the Lady Falcons by a 61-16 final on January 4, in Mason, and the Lady Tornadoes will honor its four seniors prior to the game.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.