POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Sometimes the best offense is a good defense.
Visiting Meigs forced 37 turnovers and scored 34 consecutive points over a 12-minute stretch Thursday night en route to a 63-27 victory over the Point Pleasant girls basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The host Lady Knights (1-4) led 2-0 and 5-2 in the opening two minutes regulation as the Lady Marauders (2-0) missed their four shot attempts, but MHS forced a dozen first quarter turnovers while trying to work through the tough times early on.
The Maroon and Gold followed with seven consecutive points to secure a 9-5 edge with 4:19 remaining, but Peyton Campbell capped a 4-0 PPHS run with a trifecta at the 2:28 mark — tying the game at nine apiece.
From there, the Lady Knights didn’t score another point in the first half while committing 24 turnovers before the break … and Meigs made the most of those extra opportunities.
Alli Hatfield gave the guests a permanent lead (11-9) with a basket at the 1:54 mark, which sparked a 10-0 run to close out the opening canto for a 19-9 advantage.
The Lady Marauders — who made only 15-of-40 shot attempts in the opening half — forced another dozen turnovers in the second quarter, including 10 miscues in the opening four minutes alone.
In fact, Point Pleasant had eight straight possessions with a turnover before getting its first shot attempt with 4:38 left before halftime.
MHS — which had only three first half miscues — made a 22-0 run during the second stanza and took a comfortable 41-9 cushion into the intermission.
The Lady Knights missed their five shot attempts of the second half and finally ended their 12-minute scoring drought with 6:27 left in the third after Campbell netted two free throws for a 43-11 contest. MHS closed the canto with a 6-5 spurt to secure a 49-16 lead headed into the finale.
Meigs went to its bench in the fourth and still forced 10 PPHS turnovers as part of a 14-11 run to close out the 36-point outcome. The Lady Marauders’ largest lead of the night came at 63-22 following a Jacynda Glover free throw with 1:03 remaining.
All 14 Meigs players scored and also had at least one rebound in the triumph. MHS committed only 13 turnovers and outrebounded the hosts by a 42-26 overall margin, including a sizable 22-3 edge on the offensive glass.
The Lady Marauders connected on 23-of-70 shot attempts for 33 percent, which included a less than stellar 1-of-19 effort from behind the arc for five percent. The guests were also 16-of-26 at the free throw line for 62 percent.
Madison Fields led Meigs with 16 points, followed by Kassidy Betzing and Devin Humphreys with seven markers apiece. Kylee Blanks was next with six points, while Marissa Noble and Madison Hendricks each contributed five markers.
Dani Morris chipped in four points and Glover added three points to the winning effort, while Hatfield, Lydia Edwards, Breanna Colburn and Alyssa Smith each had two markers. Courtney Jones and Taylor Swartz also contributed a point apiece for the victors.
Noble hauled in a team-high eight rebounds and Smith was close behind with seven caroms. Fields and Blanks also grabbed four boards as well for Meigs, which has forced 64 turnovers in two victories.
The Lady Knights connected on 8-of-35 field goal attempts for 23 percent, including a 3-of-9 effort from behind the arc for 33 percent. The hosts also netted 8-of-10 charity tosses for 80 percent.
Campbell led PPHS with a game-high 19 points, six of which came in the opening period. Lanea Cochran was next with four points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Morgan Miller contributed two markers, while Allison Henderson and Hannah Smith each added one point to wrap up the scoring. Aislyn Hayman and Morgan Roush also hauled in four rebounds apiece in the setback.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.