RACINE, Ohio — Control the glass and control the game.
The Southern girls basketball team pulled down 28 more rebounds than Ohio Valley Christian Monday night, the advantage led the Lady Tornadoes to a 57-33 triumph in Charles W. Hayman Gymnasium.
The Lady Defenders (2-10) took an early 7-4 lead at the 4:30 mark of the opening stanza but Southern ended the first with a 7-0 run. OVCS regained the lead following a 5-0 spurt over the first 1:30 of the second quarter. The Lady Tornadoes closed the half with a 15-to-5 run to take the nine point advantage.
Both teams matched their second quarter totals in the third and the Purple and Gold extended their lead to 41-27 with eight minutes remaining. SHS held the Lady Defenders to just six points in the fourth quarter, while scoring 16 points to seal its second consecutive victory, 57-33.
Southern was led by junior Celestia Hendrix with a double-double performance of 24 points and 19 rebounds in the win. SHS also had some freshmen come up big including Jansen Wolfe with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Haley Hill with eight points and eight rebounds.
Maggie Cummins chipped in with five points, Hannah Hill added four, while Jordan Huddleston and Savannah Bailey rounded out the Lady Tornadoes scoring with two points apiece.
Cummins led Southern with six steals on the night, followed by Haley Hill with five. Kyrie Swann finished with a team-high three assists, while Huddleston had two. Hendrix finished with a team-high three blocks, followed by Wolfe with two and Darien Diddle with one.
As a unit the Lady Tornadoes finished with 55 rebounds, 19 steals, seven assists and 37 turnovers. Southern shot 12-of-20 (60 percent) from the charity stripe and 22-of-59 (37.3 percent) from the field, including 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) from three-point range. Haley Hill was responsible for the lone trey.
The Lady Defenders were led by Emily Carman with 13 points, followed by Bekah Sargent with eight. Madison Crank marked five points, Sarah Schoonover had four and Teah Elliott closed out the OVCS scoring with three points.
Carman led Ohio Valley Christian with seven rebounds, followed by Sargent and Crank with six apiece. Crank had a team-high six steals, followed by Sargent with five and Schoonover with four. The OVCS assists category was led by Carman with three, while Elliott and Crank each had one. Schoonover and Crank each had one block for OVCS.
As a team Ohio Valley Christian finished with 27 rebounds, 17 steals, five assists and 28 turnovers. The Lady Defenders shot 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from the free throw line and 13-of-69 (18.8 percent) from the field, including 3-of-12 (25 percent) from beyond the arc.
This the lone match up between SHS and OVCS this season.