Lady Tornadoes triumph over South Gallia, 61-30

By Alex Hawley -

RACINE, Ohio — Control the glass, control the game.

The Southern girls basketball team outrebounded Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest South Gallia by a 48-to-22 clip Thursday night, helping the Lady Tornadoes take a 61-30 victory, in Meigs County.

Southern (11-4, 9-2 TVC Hocking) charged out to a 16-to-6 lead through eight minutes of play and outscored the Lady Rebels (3-11, 3-7) 22-to-11 in the second period, expanding the advantage to 38-17 at halftime.

The Lady Tornado lead grew to 52-22 with a 14-to-5 third quarter spurt. Southern then outscored SGHS 11-to-10 over the final eight minutes to seal the 61-30 victory.

SHS junior Faith Teaford led the Purple and Gold with 27 points and 19 rebounds, followed by Jansen Wolfe with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Ali Deem scored eight points, Sierra Cleland added seven, while Haley Hill marked six points and a team-high six assists. Josie Cundiff rounded out the Lady Tornado scoring with three points in the win. Wolfe led the SHS defense with two steals and two blocked shots, while Teaford added one steal and three blocks.

The Lady Tornadoes shot 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) from the free throw line and 23-of-53 (43.4 percent) from the field, including 1-of-13 (7.7 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team SHS marked 48 rebounds, 14 assists, 10 steals, seven blocked shots and 16 turnovers in the triumph.

SGHS sophomore Erin Evans made three trifectas and led the Lady Rebels with 10 points, followed by Mikayla Poling with eight points and Ashley Northup with seven. Olivia Hornsby posted four points, while Aaliyah Howell scored one point in the setback. South Gallia, which recorded 22 rebounds and 20 turnovers, shot 9-of-15 (60 percent) from the free throw line.

Southern also defeated the Red and Gold on December 7, by a 54-15 count in Mercerville.

The Lady Tornadoes — who have won four of their last five games — return to action on Thursday at Trimble. SHS edged the Lady Tomcats by a 31-29 count on December 10, in Racine.

South Galla — which has now lost three straight contests — will try for its first win of 2016 on Thursday when Eastern visits Mercerville. The Lady Eagles defeated SGHS by a 47-32 count on December 10, in Tuppers Plains.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley