THE PLAINS, Ohio — On a cold night, the Meigs Lady Marauders finally warmed up.
That’s because the visiting Marauders doubled up the Athens Bulldogs in the third quarter, and pulled away on Monday evening for a 52-41 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division girls basketball victory inside McAfee Gymnasium in The Plains.
After struggling against Athens’ zone defense for most of the first half, and even trailing 10-7 following the opening quarter, the Lady Marauders outscored Athens 45-31 over the final three periods.
The big damage, despite a 10-6 triumph in the second stanza, was the Marauders’ roll in the third —when Meigs bit the Bulldogs 24-12 in the frame.
As a result, the Meigs Countians turned a 17-16 halftime lead into a 41-28 advantage after three quarters.
As part of that blitzing of the Bulldogs, the Marauders enjoyed a 20-5 run, spearheaded largely by Devin Humphreys.
Humphreys poured in 19 points on seven field goals and 5-of-7 free throws, and ripped down 13 rebounds in leading Meigs to victory.
“Early on, our guards were making rash decisions, like reversing the ball too quickly,” Meigs coach Jarrod Kasun told The Athens Messenger. “Once we reiterated to them the importance of looking inside, they started to relax and that’s when things came together for us. And Devin (Humphreys), she’s got a good game from 15-feet. We’ve played quarters like that (third) in almost every game. We don’t seem to get off the bus ready to go, but we close well, and our defense keeps us in games until our offense comes around.”
With the win, Meigs improved its record to 4-1 — and upped its TVC-Ohio tally to 2-1.
The Bulldogs fell to 1-8 — and 0-4 in the league.
Although, Athens amounted a 10-9 lead late in the second period — thanks to three-pointers by Emma Harter and Laura Manderick and a pair of baskets by Kaylee Stewart.
However, Humphreys hit a foul-line jumper with 30 seconds remaining in the half, giving Meigs the 17-16 halftime edge.
Then, as part of Meigs’ third-quarter barrage, Madison Hendricks and Kassidy Betzing both bagged a three — part of hitting two apiece.
The Marauders, in a matter of minutes, found themselves ahead 40-24.
Meigs, despite shooting just 2-of-12 from three-point range, did hold a 19-13 advantage in total field goals — and committed only six turnovers compared to Athens’ 15.
The Bulldogs kept it close on the strength of seven three-pointers — three by Harter (12 points), two by Manderick (13 points) and one apiece by Stewart (13 points) and Haley Wiseman.
The Marauders also sank 12 free throws, including a perfect 5-of-5 by Betzing, who had four total field goals for 14 points.
She also dished out five of the club’s dozen assists.
Hendricks had three baskets for seven points, followed by Madison Fields’ two field goals and a free throw for five.
Marissa Noble, Danielle Morris and Courtney Jones added a field goal apiece, while Alyssa Smith split a pair of free throws.
Stewart led Athens in rebounding with a dozen.
The Marauders return home, and return to TVC-Ohio Division action, on Thursday night against River Valley.
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