Updated Wed, Jan 1, 2014 4:50 pm
While the holiday season may be coming to an end, basketball season is in full swing, and the Meigs Marauders celebrated by playing two out-of-conference games per team.
The girls went on the road for a rematch against Federal-Hocking, as well as a road matchup against Gallia Academy. The boys had home games against both Gallia Academy and Southern.
Coming into the week, the Marauders held a 3-2 record with a 2-0 record in the TVC-Ohio, sitting at second place trailing only Athens.
On Friday, Dec. 27, Meigs played host to the Gallia Academy Blue Devils. The Blue Devils extended their winning streak to four games by beating the Marauders 60-51.
Those 60 points were the most given up by Meigs since the first game of the season. Coach Dave Kight has preached since the very beginning that the Marauders will be a defense-first team, and this game was a rare lapse of that defense.
It didn’t take long for the Meigs boys to turn it around. The very next day the Marauders celebrated a 71-54 victory over the Southern Tornadoes.
Those 71 points were the most scored by the Marauders so far this season and more than any game in the 2012-13 season. Coach Kight said that the offense would come after they perfected their defense, and in his second year as head coach, his vision is starting to come to fruition.
After splitting this week’s games 1-1, the Marauder’s overall record moves to 4-3. They remain in second place behind Athens, who also split their week’s games 1-1 against out-of-conference opponents.
Next week, the boys have two more games, including a pivotal TVC-Ohio battle on Friday against rival Vinton County (3-3, 1-1) at home. They will also play on Saturday at the struggling Wahama White Falcons (1-5).
Next week’s matchup against the Vikings will prove to be very interesting, as Coach Kight has a little more inspiration to win on Friday.
Kight’s younger brother is an assistant coach for the Vikings, and Kight said before the season that he would love to beat his little brother’s team.
After a rocky start to their season, the Lady Marauders are looking for anything that could turn their season around. Going into the week at 2-6, the Lady Marauders faced two road challenges against out-of-conference opponents.
Their first matchup of the week fell on Monday. It was a rematch against the struggling Federal Hocking Lady Lancers, whom the Lady Marauders beat in their season opener 63-59. The Lady Marauders would have similar success, beating the Lancers on the road 55-50.
Next, the Lady Marauders traveled to play Gallia Academy on Saturday. The Lady Marauders were unable to keep the momentum going, falling to the Blue Devils 86-50.
The Lady Marauders, like the boys team, gave up the most points of the season against Gallia.
After splitting the week 1-1, the Lady Marauders move to 3-7, remaining at the bottom of the TVC-Ohio.