Blue Angels edge River Valley, 54-52

Alex Hawley

February 24, 2014

BIDWELL, Ohio — Like Batman and Robin, this dynamic duo can pack a punch.

Gallia Academy juniors Kendra Barnes and Micah Curfman combined for 47 points Saturday afternoon, as the Blue Angels defeated non-conference host River Valley 54-52 in the season finale.

The Blue Angels (10-13) hit four trifectas in the opening quarter and led 16-to-11 at the end of the first. River Valley (9-13) hit just one field goal, a Chelsea Copley three pointer, in the second quarter but connected on 8-of-10 from the free throw line. GAHS marked 14 in the second stanza and led 30-22 at the midway point.

The Lady Raiders outscored GAHS 16-to-11 in the third quarter to cut the GAHS lead to cut the lead to three points with eight minutes to play. River Valley held the Blue Angels scoreless for the first 2:30 of the fourth quarter and the Lady Raiders took the 42-41 lead.

Gallia Academy regained the lead and expanded the advantage to four with 51 seconds to play. River Valley cut the lead to one-point with 20 seconds left on a Copley three-pointer. The Blue Angels went 1-of-2 from the free throw line with 17 seconds remaining and the Blue Angels led by two. RVHS missed a two-pointer to tie and a three-pointer to win and the Blue Angels held on for the 54-52 triumph.

The Blue Angels were led by Kendra Barnes with 27 points and Micah Curfman with 20, followed by Kassie Shriver with five points and Jordan Walker with two. Barnes connected on seven three-pointers for GAHS, while Curfman hit three and Shriver made one. The Blue Angels were 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from the free throw line in the triumph.

River Valley was led by Chelsea Copley with 15 points, including a trio of three pointers, followed by Rachael Smith and Shelby Brown with 14 points apiece. Leia Moore marked six points, followed by Courtney Smith with three, rounding out the Silver and Black scoring. River Valley shot 25-of-33 (75.8 percent) from the free throw line in the setback.

This marks the final game for River Valley senior Bailey Adkins and Gallia Academy senior Kassie Shriver.