ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The margin of victory was 31 points different that the first meeting but the Vinton County boys basketball team was still the victor. The Vikings defeated Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division host Meigs 51-47 Friday night at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The Marauders (8-9, 4-5 TVC Ohio) came out of the gates hot, out scoring VCHS (14-3, 6-1) 14-to-7 in the opening period. MHS added 11 points in the second quarter but Vinton County rallied behind Jordan Kidd to score 19 points and take the 26-25 halftime advantage.
After the break the Vikings kept it going, out scoring Meigs 15-to-8 to push their lead to eight points headed into the finale. The Marauders scored 14 points in the fourth quarter but Vinton County scored 10 to seal the 51-47 victory.
The MHS scoring attack was led by freshman Kaileb Sheets with 14 point, 10 of which came in the fourth period. Cody Stewart chipped in with 10 points, Jared Williamson added eight and Treay McKinney finished with seven. Ty Phelps contributed six points and Jordan Hutton marked two, rounding out the Marauders scoring.
Williamson led Meigs on the glass with 11 rebounds, folloewd by Sheets, Ulbrich and Stewart with three each. McKinney finished with a team-high four assists, followed by Phelps with three and Sheets with two. Sheets led the defense with four points.
As a unit the Marauders had 28 rebounds, nine assists, eight steals and 12 turnovers. The Maroon and Gold shot 21-of-50 (42 percent) from the field including 0-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Marauders were just 5-of-13 from the charity stripe, equaling 38.5 percent.
The Vikings were led by Kidd with 24 points on the night, including nine from the line and nine from beyond the arc. L.B. Remy chipped in with eight points, Tyler Walton marked six points, Alex Owings had five points and Bryce Owings contributed four. Matt Smallwood finished with three points and Jordan Albright had one to round out the VCHS scoring.
The Vikings shot 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) from the field including 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc. Vinton County was 21-of-29 from the charity stripe for 72.4 percent.
Vinton County defeated Meigs 59-24 in the first meeting on January 4th in McArthur. The Marauders have now lost three games in a row, matching a season-high. The Vikings push their winning streak to four with the win.