MASON, W.Va. — Strong defense down the stretch led to the White Falcons second consecutive victory.
Wahama held Southern scoreless for over 3:30 in the fourth period en route to a 66-50 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory in Mason County.
The Red and White (4-8, 3-6 TVC Hocking) out scored Southern (7-7, 5-5) by three points in the opening period and led 20-17.
Southern began the second quarter with a 7-to-3 run to take the one point lead. Wahama closed the half with a 13-to-7 spurt and led by four at the half.
WHS picked up the defensive intensity in after the break holding the Purple and Gold to just 10 points in the period. The White Falcons scored 17 and led 52-41 with eight minutes remaining.
Wahama held the Tornadoes scoreless through the opening part of the fourth period and expanded the lead to 16 points. Southern went on the score nine points in the quarter but the Red and White held on for the 66-50 triumph.
The duo of Hunter Bradley and Austin Jordan paced the White Falcon offense with 21 points apiece. Trenton Gibbs and Jacob Ortiz each marked eight points, Dakota Sisk added five, and Wyatt Zuspan chipped in with three to round out the WHS scoring.
Bradley earned a double-double after grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds. Ortiz corralled 12 rebounds, followed by Gibbs with seven. Gibbs led the White Falcons with five assists in the game followed by Bradley with three. Jordan led the way on defense with five pilfers, while Bradley had three steals and Gibbs had two. Sisk, Ortiz, Gibbs and Bradley each had one block on the night.
Wahama shot 18-of-28 (64.3 percent) from the charity stripe and 21-of-53 (39.6 percent) from the field, including 6-of-15 (40 percent) from beyond the arc. Jordan accounted for four of the White Falcons six treys, while Bradley had the other two. As a team Wahama finished with 41 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals, and 13 turnovers. The hosts were charged with just nine fouls on the night, six of which came in the fourth quarter.
Tristen Wolfe with 19 points was the lone Tornado in double figures scoring. Hunter Johnson finished with six points, followed by Trenton Deem and Adam Pape with five each. Casey Pickens chipped in with four points, Taylor McNickle added three, while Zac Beegle, Tanner Roush, Ryan Billingsley and Dennis Teaford each finished with two points.
Wolfe rounded out his double-double with 10 rebounds for the Tornadoes. Teaford finished with six boards, while Pickens grabbed five. Wolfe also led SHS with four assists, followed by Deem with three and Bradley McCoy with two. Johnson finished with a team-high two steals, while Wolfe Deem and Teaford each rejected one shot.
Wolfe attempted all three of the Tornadoes free throw attempts and was successful once for 33.3 percent. Southern was 22-of-58 (37.9 percent) from the field, including 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) from three-point range. Johnson drained two treys for SHS while Deem, McNickle and Pape each hit one. Overall Southern finished with 27 rebounds, 14 assists, seven steals and 13 turnovers. The Tornadoes committed 23 fouls on the night.
For the first time this season Wahama has won back-to-back games.
For the second straight year Southern and Wahama play to a split in the season, with the home team winning each time.