THE PLAINS, Ohio — The Southern girls basketball team had its 2012-13 campaign come to a close Monday night during a 60-34 setback to Federal Hocking in a Division IV sectional semifinal matchup at McAfee Gymnasium on the campus of Athens High School.
The eighth-seeded Lady Tornadoes (6-16) committed 33 turnovers and shot just 18 percent from the field in the entire contest, while the ninth-seeded Lady Lancers (7-13) connected on 44 percent of its chances in the 26-point triumph. The win also allowed FHHS to claim 2-of-3 decisions against Southern this year, as the two squads split in the regular season.
Federal Hocking advances to face top-seeded Eastern in a D-4 sectional final at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday at Athens High School.
Celestia Hendrix gave Southern an early 2-0 advantage with the opening basket of the game, but Fed Hock countered with an 8-1 run to secure a five-point advantage after eight minutes of play. The Lady Lancers followed with a 21-8 second quarter surge to secure a comfortable 29-11 cushion at the intermission.
FHHS kept that momentum going into the third period, as the guests went on a 19-11 run to claim a 48-22 lead headed into the finale. Both teams scored 12 points apiece down the stretch, wrapping up the final margin of victory.
Southern connected on 7-of-40 shot attempts overall, including a 2-of-12 effort from three-point range for 17 percent. SHS was outrebounded 39-35 overall and also went 18-of-30 at the free throw line for 60 percent.
Celestia Hendrix led the Lady Tornadoes with 14 points, followed by Kyrie Swann with six points and Hannah Hill with four markers. Jordan Huddleston was next with three points, while Maggie Cummins, Shelby Pickens and Haley Hill each chipped in two markers. Darien Diddle rounded things out with one point.
Federal Hocking was 24-of-55 from the field, including a 3-of-12 effort from behind the arc for 25 percent. The guests committed 24 turnovers and also went 9-of-22 at the charity stripe for 41 percent.
Cheyenne Singer paced the Lady Lancers with 14 points, followed by Ashton Cale with 12 points and Megan Thompson with 11 markers. Carley Tabler added 10 points to the winning cause, while McKenzie Steeler chipped in eight markers.
It was the final basketball game for seniors Caitlyn Cowdrey, Maggie Cummins, Shelby Pickens and Kyrie Swann in the Purple and Gold. Southern finished the season with a 4-12 mark in Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division play.