RACINE, Ohio — With seven seconds left in regulation and the score knotted up at 59, Wahama center Ashley Templeton made a layup that gave her club the lead. The Southern girls basketball team failed to get a shot off and fell to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division rivals the Lady Falcons Thursday night in Charles W. Hayman Gymnasium.
Southern (4-16, 3-13 TVC Hocking) started the contest with a 7-2 run over the first two and a half minutes. Wahama (8-12, 5-11) quickly bounced back with a 13-3 run to end the quarter. Headed into the second the Lady Falcons led 15-10.
The Lady Tornadoes started the second period with a 7-0 run to take the lead and force the Lady Falcons to call a timeout. After the timeout the teams battled back and forth with WHS taking the advantage into the half 30-28. Foul trouble would be sure to play a role in the second half, as Southern’s Courtney Thomas had three fouls, and Wahama’s Karista Ferguson, Paige Gardner, Mackenzie Gabritsch, and Sierra Carmichael all had three fouls.
Southern took the lead back in the opening minute of the third period, 32-30, but Wahama soon answered with a 14-3 run to end the third period. SHS trailed going into the finale, 44-35.
After the Lady Falcons opened the quarter with a quick bucket Southern gained the momentum with a four-point play and a quick two-pointer by senior Courtney Thomas. After a Wahama timeout the Lady Falcons’ Kelsey Zuspan hit three three-pointers over the next three minutes.
The Lady Tornadoes did not have quit in them, battling back to tie the game up at 59, off of an old-fashioned three-pointer by Thomas with 20 seconds left. With seven seconds left in regulation Wahama’s Ashley Templeton hit the game winning layup and gave the Lady Falcons their eighth win of the season 61-59.
Wahama was led in scoring on the evening by Sierra Carmichael who scored 21 points before fouling out, and Ashley Templeton with 16 points. Kelsey Zuspan was also in double figures for the Lady Falcons, she scored 11, while Mackenzie Gabritsch finished with six on the evening. WHS senior Karista Ferguson had 3 points before fouling out, and rounding out the Lady Falcons scoring was Paige Gardner and Taylor Templeton with two points apiece.
The Lady Tornadoes had two players reach double figures, Courtney Thomas with 24 points and Celestia Hendrix with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Morgan McMillan had eight points and eight steals in the contest, while Jordan Huddleston finished with five points. Emily Ash and Jessica Riffle each finished with two points to round out the SHS scoring.
The Lady Falcons and the Lady Tornadoes finish with a season split, as SHS won their battle in Mason, W.Va., back on Jan. 5.
Both teams return to action Monday, Southern in sectional tournaments at Meigs High School at 8:30 p.m. against South Webster, and Wahama at 6 p.m when they host Buffalo in Mason County.
Wahama 61, Southern 59
W 15-15-14-17 — 61
S 10-18-7-24 — 59
WAHAMA (8-12, 5-11 TVC Hocking): Karista Ferguson 1 0-2 3, Ashley Templeton 8 0-1 16, Kelsey Zuspan 4 0-1 11, Paige Gardner 0 2-4 2, Sierra Carmichael 10 0-0 21, Mackenzie Gabritsch 3 0-0 6, Bunni Peters 0 0-0 0, Olivia Vanmeter 0 0-0 0, Taylor Templeton 1 0-0 2, Danielle Lavander 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 28 2-8 61. Three-point goals: 5 (Zuspan 3, Ferguson, Carmichael). Turnovers: 25.
SOUTHERN (4-16, 3-13 TVC Hocking): Jordan Huddleston 2 1-5 5, Courtney Thomas 7 6-7 24, Morgan McMillan 3 2-4 8, Emily Ash 1 0-0 2, Jessica Riffle 1 0-0 2, Cassie Roush 0 0-0 0, Celestia Hendrix 5 8-16 18. TOTALS: 19 17-31 59. Three-point goals: 4 (Thomas 4). Rebounds: 32. Turnovers 24.