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WL-Salem girls shoot down Southeastern for OHC hoops win

With an inside game that is still a work in progress, the West Liberty-Salem girls basketball team is leaning on its perimeter play at the start of the season.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Lauren Godwin looks to put up a shot in front of a Southeastern player during Thursday’s game at WL-Salem. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

The Tigers used that formula to beat visiting Southeastern 51-44 in an Ohio Heritage Conference game Thursday night.

WL-Salem improves to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in OHC play.

The Tigers hit six three-pointers and shot 44 percent from the field.

“We have four girls can that hit threes,” said WL-Salem head coach Dennis McIntosh. “When they get on a roll, they will keep shooting until they don’t drop.”

Senior guard Melany Ward had the hot hand for the Tigers on Thursday. She canned four three-point shots on the night and scored a game-high 19 points.

WL-Salem led for nearly the entire game. Southeastern held an early 3-2 lead, but the Tigers surged to a 16-8 advantage at the end of the opening quarter and the home team led 24-17 at halftime.

The Tigers pushed their lead to 14 points after three quarters and then had to fend off a rally attempt by the Trojans in the final stanza.

Southeastern closed to within six points on two different occasions in the fourth quarter, but was unable to get any closer.

“That was probably the best four quarters of basketball we’ve played all year, especially from the defensive end,” said McIntosh. “We gave up a couple of threes late, but we did a good job of staying with their shooters.”

Taylor Day contributed eight points for the Tigers, Maria Daulton had seven points and Alandra Cox and Sydney Eggleston each added five points.

Cox led the Tigers in steals with three.

“I thought Alandra Cox played extremely well defensively,” said McIntosh. “She also hit a big three for us in the fourth quarter.”

Lexie Perry led Southeastern with 13 points and Taylor Perry added 12 points.

There was no reserve game Thursday.

WL-Salem is back in action Saturday at home against Mechanicsburg.

WL-SALEM 51 SOUTHEASTERN 44

SOUTHEASTERN

L. Perry 5 1-2 13; T. Perry 4 1-2 12; Enitler 0 1-2 1; Sullivan 5 0-0 10; Ratliff 2 0-0 4; Haggy 2 0-0 4. Totals: 18 3-6 44.

WL-SALEM (2-3, 1-1)

Daulton 2 2-4 7; Ward 5 5-6 19; Cox 2 0-0 5; Frederick 1 1-2 3; Day 3 2-3 8; Etgen 1 0-0 2; Godwin 1 0-2 2; Eggleston 2 1-2 5. Totals: 17 11-19 51.

Trojans    8    9    8    19      —     44

Tigers    16    8    15    12    —    51

Three pointers: Southeastern 5 (T. Perry 3, L. Perry 2); WL-Salem 6 (Ward 4, Cox, Daulton). Rebounds: WL-Salem 24 (Daulton 7). Assists: WL-Salem 9 (Ward 4). Steals: WL-Salem 6 (Cox 3). Turnovers: WL-Salem 10.

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