RACINE, Ohio — Home sweet home.
The Southern boys basketball team improved to 7-0 at home with a 61-49 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division foe Belpre, Friday night.
The Golden Eagles (5-7, 4-3 TVC Hocking) edged Southern (9-2, 6-1) 15-to-14 over the first eight minutes of play but the Tornadoes answered with a 12-to-7 run in the second period.
The third quarter was the difference maker as SHS went in with a four point lead and turned it into an 18 point lead by the start of the fourth. Belpre outdid the Purple and Gold by a six point margin in the fourth but it was Southern that claimed the 61-49 victory.
Taylor McNickle paced the Tornadoes with 15 points, including a quartet of three-pointers, followed by Dennis Teaford and Tristen Wolfe with 14 points apiece. Chandler Drummer had 10 points, while Trenton Deem and Casey Pickens each had four points in the win.
Southern was 24-of-47 (51.1 percent) form the field and 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the free throw line. The Purple and Gold recorded 27 rebounds, eight assists and two steals, while committing 11 turnovers.
The Golden Eagles were led by Logan Plummer with 20 points, including six triples, while Tavian Miller had eight and Deijon Bedgood marked six. Nick Therriault had five points, Sam Petty and Brennen Ferrell both marked three, while Nathan Mason and Hayden Plummer each finished with two.
Belpre shot 17-of-39 (43.6 percent) from the field and 8-of-16 (50 percent) from the free throw line. BHS had 20 rebounds, led by Miller with eight and 11 assists, led by Miller with five. The Golden Eagles had seven steals, while turning the ball over 16 times.
The Golden Eagles have now lost three straight games and four of their last five. Southern has now won five consecutive contests.
With Waterford falling to Trimble on Friday the Tornadoes are now the the lone team in the TVC Hocking with one loss.
These teams will meet again on February 12 in Belpre.