RECAP: Meigs’ Basketball Teams Continue Seeing High Potential

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The Meigs Marauders, both girls (6-3, 2-2) and boys (3-3, 1-1) are seeing potential. Both teams have the ability to score the ball tirelessly and cause turnovers with their aggressive defense, but they are seeing woes on the court and losses on their schedule. The season is long from over and Meigs can turn things around quickly and efficiently as they try to dominate the TVC-Ohio and contend in the state playoffs.

The Lady Marauders could take control of the TVC-Ohio and have a solid playoff run if they can continue fast paced play into a high scoring affair. Gallia Academy scored just 13 points going into the half against them this weekend, and gave up 44. The Lady Marauders would ultimately win that game, 60-25, and flexed their muscles to Southeastern Ohio basketball. Their defense was unstoppable, forcing 15 steals as a team. Madison Fields had herself a night, finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

In their next match up against Alexander, the Lady Spartans got off to a quick lead. It was a back and forth battle in the first half, but Alexander’s third quarter helped them coast to a 56-38 victory. Meigs tried to get things going behind Kassidy Betzing, who ended with 14 points, but Alexander’s physicality outmatched that of Meigs.

They did turn it around against River Valley and their aggressive defense swallowed up anything that came their way. Betzing led the way with 15 points, Mallory Hawley and Marissa Noble also added seven points. Those three outscored the entire RV squad, 29-23.

The Lady Marauders challenged the Wayne Lady Pioneers on Sunday but they would lose, 54-45. Betzing gave her best as she finished with 19 points, but the free throw line caused troubles for this team as Meigs shot just 4-14 from the line, leaving them with their third loss of the season.

The boys, behind head coach Jeremy Hill, are also seeing high potential behind their backcourt of Weston Baer and Zach Bartrum.

Against the Marietta Tigers, Meigs Boys were able to claw and run away with a victory. Behind Nick Lilly and company, Meigs capped off a 37-point second half, ending the game with a score of 63-58. Seven Marauders scored at least three points, and that teamwork and ball movement is what drives this offense. Their defense was also above par as they held Marietta to just two free throws all game.

The Marauders were able to change the pace and claw back to Alexander in their matchup in the first half. Though Meigs shot better in the second quarter, they still trailed by seven. Even a 22 point fourth quarter wasn’t enough, as they fell to the Alexander Spartans, 64-53. Meigs turned the ball over 15 times, but Bartrum ended with 14 points and Baer finished with 13. Coulter Clelland, also stepping up for the Marauders, scored 12 points with three 3-pointers.