ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — They say nothing runs like a jeep.
The Southern girls basketball team found out the hard way Monday night at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
Sixth-seeded South Webster went on a 12-0 run over the opening four minutes of the first period and never looked back during a 63-30 victory over 11th-seeded Southern in a Division IV sectional quarterfinal at Meigs High School.
The Lady Jeeps (8-13) led wire-to-wire in the contest, as the hosts received a dozen straight points from Courtney Blanton to start the game for the early 12-0 advantage. The Lady Tornadoes (4-17) matched points with SWHS over the next two minutes to pull within 16-4, but never came closer the rest of the way.
South Webster closed the first canto with a 4-0 spurt to claim a 20-4 edge after eight minutes of play. SHS also committed 13 turnovers in the opening period, which only aided the Lady Jeeps’ in their cause.
SWHS went on a small 9-8 run in the second quarter for a 29-12 intermission advantage, then used a 14-13 run to take a comfortable 43-25 cushion into the finale. The Lady Jeeps closed regulation with a 20-5 charge and twice led by as many as 33 points — which also includes the final margin victory.
With the triumph, South Webster advances to Thursday’s sectional semifinal at Meigs High School — where the Lady Jeeps will face third-seeded South Gallia (16-4) at 8 p.m. The winner of that contest moves on to the sectional final Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
Southern, which last won a tournament game in 2009, has now lost three straight appearances in Division IV postseason. It was also the final game for seniors Courtney Thomas, Morgan McMillan, Emily Ash and Jessica Riffle in the Purple and Gold.
Jordan Huddleston led the Lady Tornadoes with 11 points, followed by Morgan McMillan with six points and Courtney Thomas with five markers. Jessica Riffle and Celestia Hendrix rounded out the scoring with four points each. SHS was 10-of-19 at the free throw line for 53 percent.
Blanton paced the Lady Jeeps with a game-high 19 points, with 14 of those coming in the first quarter alone. Haley Giles was next with 13 points, followed by Kaci Messer with nine points and Haley Stanley with six markers. Erin Homerosky and Katie Hanes also chipped in four and three points, respectively.
Paige Sanders, Corey Sherman, Haley Potters and Sara Walker each chipped in two markers, while Jessica Swick rounded out the winning tally with one point. SWHS, which had 11 players score in the triumph, also went 14-of-23 at the charity stripe for 61 percent.
The South Webster-South Gallia game is a rematch of a 2010 sectional final that the Lady Jeeps won by a 63-42 margin. That win snapped a three-year sectional title streak for the Lady Rebels and also sent SWHS to its fourth straight district tournament, a streak that ended last winter.
South Webster will be aiming for its fifth district appearance in six years, while SGHS will be aiming for its fourth in that same six-year span. Southern last won a sectional title during the 2003-04 campaign.
South Webster 63, Southern 30
SO 4-8-13-5 — 30
SW 20-9-14-20 — 63
SOUTHERN (4-17): Jordan Huddleston 4 3-3 11, Courtney Thomas 2 1-4 5, Morgan McMillan 1 4-8 6, Emily Ash 0 0-0 0, Jessica Riffle 2 0-0 4, Cassie Roush 0 0-0 0, Celestia Hendrix 1 2-4 4, Cassandra Hutchison 0 0-0 0, Sarah Lawrence 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 10 10-19 30. Three-point goals: None.
SOUTH WEBSTER (8-13): Courtney Blanton 6 4-6 19, Taylor Shonkweiler 0 0-0 0, Kaci Messer 4 1-4 9, Paige Sanders 1 0-0 2, Erin Homerosky 2 0-0 4, Haley Stanley 3 0-0 6, Corey Sherman 1 0-0 2, Katie Hanes 1 1-2 3, Taylor Hanes 0 0-0 0, Haley Potters 0 2-2 2, Sara Walker 1 0-0 2, Haley Giles 4 5-7 13, Jessica Swick 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 23 14-23 63. Three-point goals: 3 (Blanton 3).