MASON, W.Va. — One team was getting its first win. The only question was which one?
The Wahama girls basketball team scored a season high in points, but it was hardly enough Thursday night following a 62-23 setback to visiting Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Mason County.
The host Lady Falcons (0-3, 0-3 TVC Hocking) never led in the contest as Miller hit three of its first five shot attempts — all trifectas — to secure an early 9-0 edge with 5:45 remaining in the opening canto.
The Red and White countered with an 8-5 run over the next three minutes to close to within two possessions at 14-8, but were ultimately never closer the rest of the way. MHS (1-5, 1-3) closed the final two minutes of the opening canto on a 6-0 run to claim a 20-8 cushion.
Olivia Hill capped a small 5-3 run with a trifecta at the 4:58 mark to cut the lead down to 10 at 23-13, but the Purple and White responded with a 19-3 surge over the final 4:40 of the first half en route to a 42-16 intermission advantage.
The visiting Lady Falcons netted 7-of-14 three-point attempts in the first half and shot 14-of-35 overall in the opening half, while the hosts landed only 6-of-18 shot attempts before the break. WHS also missed its first eight shots of the second quarter and 1-for-10 overall in the period.
Miller went on a 12-3 third quarter run to secure a 54-19 edge headed into the finale, then claimed its largest lead of the night at 62-22 with 36 seconds left in regulation. Hill netted a free throw with 25 seconds left to wrap up the 39-point outcome.
Wahama connected on 8-of-43 field goal attempts for 19 percent, including a 2-of-8 effort from three-point range for 25 percent. The hosts committed 29 turnovers — 18 of which came before halftime — and also went 5-of-13 at the free throw line for 38 percent.
Rebecca Gerlach paced Wahama with nine points, all of which came in the first half. Hill was next with seven markers, while Kimber Boyles and Molly Fisher each contributed two points. Destiny Ingles and Maddy VanMatre also had a point apiece in the setback.
Miller outrebounded the Lady Falcons by a 42-32 overall margin, including a 20-7 edge on the offensive glass. Fisher led the hosts with seven rebounds, followed by VanMatre with five caroms.
MHS netted 21-of-64 shot attempts for 33 percent, including an 8-of-20 effort from three-point territory for 40 percent. The guests committed 13 turnovers and also went 12-of-32 at the charity stripe for 38 percent.
Sanae Dutiel led Miller with game-highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Lacey Alexander and Olivia Houk with 12 markers apiece. Brooklyn Wilson was next with eight points, while Sierra Banik and Chloe Rine each chipeed in six points.
Josie Perani rounded out the winning tally with two points. Houk and Rine also hauled in nine and eight rebounds, respectively, for the victors.
Wahama returns to TVC Hocking action Monday when it travels to Trimble for a 6:30 p.m. contest.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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