ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Sometimes it’s just not your night.
The Meigs girls basketball team committed 36 turnovers and suffered a 76-35 setback at the hands of Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division guest Nelsonville-York, at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium on Thursday.
The Lady Marauders (8-8, 3-6 TVC Ohio) struggled early on, missing all five first quarter field goal attempts, while committing 14 turnovers in the opening stanza. The Lady Buckeyes (12-4, 8-1) — who currently sit in first place in the league — pulled down eight offensive board in the first period and held a 17-1 advantage on the scoreboard, eight minutes into play.
Meigs was outscored 23-to-13 in the second canto, making the NYHS advantage 40-14 at halftime. The Lady Buckeyes held a 25-to-15 rebounding edge in the first half, while holding an 11-to-22 advantage in turnovers committed.
Nelsonville-York continued its roll into the second half, outscoring the Lady Marauders 21-to-8 in the third period to push the advantage to 61-22 with eight minutes left in regulation. With the NYHS starters on the bench for much of the final quarter, the Orange and Brown outscored Meigs by a 15-13 clip to finish off the 76-35 victory.
“High school basketball is about routines and we’re out of our routine,” first-year MHS head coach Scott Cleland said. “They got us out of our routine, defensively they did a great job and we just couldn’t hit shots. You can’t win if you don’t score, it’s that simple.”
MHS freshman Madison Fields led the Maroon and Gold with nine points, followed by Madison Hendricks and Danielle Morris with six each. Halley Barnes scored four points, Haiden English and Marissa Noble each added three, while Sadie Fox and Kassidy Betzing both finished with two markers.
Lady Marauders’ junior Alli Hatfield led the hosts with five rebounds, followed by Barnes and Fields with four apiece. Fields also posted a team-high in assists with two, while Devin Humphreys charged the Maroon and Gold defense with three steals.
MHS shot 15-of-23 (65.2 percent) from the free throw line and 9-of-52 (17.3 percent) from the field, including 2-of-18 (11.1 percent) from beyond the arc. The Lady Marauders combined for 17 defensive rebounds, 13 offensive boards, four assists, 10 steals and 36 turnovers.
Nelsonville-York’s scoring attack was led by Jessie Addis with 20 points, followed by Kaitlyn Hurd with 17 and Camrin Dupler with 14. Sam Taylor and Jordan Fick both scored seven points, Mary Kate McCullouh chipped in with three, while Hanna Taylor, Kyla Henderson, Tori Campbell and Sidney Fick contributed two points each.
Campbell led the Orange and Brown on the glass with eight rebounds, followed by Dupler with six. Addis led the guests with four assists, while Dupler marked a game-high six steals.
NYHS shot 18-of-33 (54.5 percent) from the free throw line and 26-of-56 (46.4 percent) from the field, including 6-of-20 (30 percent) from three-point range. As a team the Orange and Brown marked 27 defensive rebounds, 15 offensive rebounds, 13 assists, 25 steals, four blocked shots and 22 turnovers.
“There’s a reason they are the best team in the league right now,” Cleland said of the Lady Buckeyes. “They play hard, they play solid, they play great defense and they get after it. They do a good job fundamentally.”
Nelsonville-York — which has now won four out of its last five games — also defeated Meigs on December 10, by a 58-33 final in Athens County.
MHS has now lost back-to-back games, which comes on the heels of a stretch where the Maroon and Gold had won 7-of-8.
“We have to do what we were doing when we won 7-of-8,” Cleland said. “That’s playing together and playing confident. At the end we were nailing threes and getting good shots because we were relaxed. So if we play relaxed all the time then we’re fine, but when they get tense that’s what happens.”
Meigs will return to action at Vinton County on Monday. The Lady Marauders suffered a 56-51 setback to the Lady Vikings on December 14, in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342 ext. 2100.