Vinton County Claims Top Spot in TVC-Ohio

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One week ago Meigs and Vinton County was projected to be a top matchup in the TVC-Ohio this season. As the No. 1 team (Vinton County) in the conference faced the No. 2 (Meigs), a quick flurry of snow caused the game to be cancelled. Flash forward one week, and it was as if the extra week caused the fans to go even crazier.

Vinton County took control of this game in the beginning and never looked back taking a 73-54 victory. Vinton County took control by playing smart basketball and taking advantage of turnovers to run a seamless transition offense.

Vinton County limited its turnovers and found the open player all night. The Vikings pushed the ball around the perimeter and looked to find the open shooter. They also drew the defenders to the outside and hit their bigger players like Chase Wood inside for easy baskets.

“You’ve gotta pass the ball well against Meigs because of their zone and their long and athletic and they trap.” Vinton County Head Coach Matt Combs said. They cause some issues and can cause some trouble so I was pleased with [their passing],”

Early on, both teams looked to push the ball and get quick buckets. The Vikings executed that game plan well, but Meigs ran its offense through Kaileb Sheets, who missed his first six shots. Meigs never recovered.

Meigs came somewhat close in the fourth quarter, focusing more on nabbing rebounds and playing tough defense. After trailing by 20 points Meigs grabbed the boards that it was unable to get all night, pulling to within 12.

After the game, Meigs’ coach Ed Fry talked about how the team switched to a 3-2 defense to focus specifically on rebounds that fit the smaller sized team. It should work to the Marauders’ benefit in the future.

Vinton County is now firmly established as the top team in the TVC-Ohio. The Vikings play at Alexander on Jan. 22. Meigs hopes to rebound against Athens on Jan. 22 as well.