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Our Alex Michalec recaps the matchup between the Nelsonville-York Lady Buckeyes and Meigs Lady Marauders on February 2nd, 2023.

Nelsonville-York Lady Buckeyes outlast Meigs in TVC-Ohio title game

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POMEROY, Ohio (WOUB) – The Lady Marauders came into Thursday’s game with an 8-2 record in the TVC, looking to win the conference championship. Meigs faced the leaders of the conference, the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes in an extremely competitive and physical game. Despite a tough battle, Meigs was defeated 70-59. 

The first quarter was back and forth. Initially, Meigs dug a nine-point hole, then went on a 13-0 run to take a four-point lead. Airah Lavy from Nelsonville-York took some of the momentum by hitting a buzzer beater three pointer to cut the lead to one. Lavey had eight points at the end of the first quarter, and only went up from there. 

The second quarter was electric with back-and-forth buckets from Lavy and Rylee Lisle. Lavy was 6 for 8 behind the arch, and Lisle had 15 points. Lavy said, “I had the mentality that I was on fire and I’m just going to let it rip… I’m just going to keep shooting.” Both teams had an aggressive mentality and stayed scrappy going into halftime with the Buckeyes holding a slim lead of 37-34. 

The third quarter was the turning point in this game, as Meigs only scored four points. The Buckeyes capitalized on Meigs’ slump and took a big lead of 50-41 going into the fourth. 

The Marauders got off to a slow start in the fourth quarter with Lisle on the bench. Once Lisle was back on the floor, Meigs made a big push, scoring nine points. The physicality of the game was at an all-time high during the fourth as Meigs battled to come back. The Marauders were able to cut the lead down to four, but ultimately fell short. 

Airah Lavy made history tonight for Nelsonville-York by setting the school record for eight three pointers in a single game. Lavy was the unquestionable leader for her team tonight, with 34 points, six boards, and four assists. Buckeyes head coach, Mark Truax spoke on her superior performance, “I can’t say enough about Airah tonight. She willed us to win and hit all kinds of shots… phenomenal game from her.”

Although Meigs fell short tonight, they will be eager to bounce back in the playoffs, and Nelsonville-York caps off their regular season with a perfect ending.