CENTENARY, Ohio — The Blue Angels may have started slow but how they finished Thursday evening was what really counted.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team was held to five points in the opening period by visiting River Valley, but the Blue Angels rallied back to take the 55-49 victory.
The Lady Raiders (2-1) outscored GAHS 13-to-5 in the opening period and survived a 16-12 run in the second period to lead 25-21 at the half.
After the intermission the Blue Angels went on a 16-9 run to take the three point lead into the finale. Gallia Academy hit 11-of-15 shots from the line in the fourth quarter to cap off the 55-49 home victory.
Micah Curfman led the Blue Angels with 24 points, 15 of which came from the free throw line. Kendra Barnes chipped in with 11 points, Kassie Shriver added six and Jalea Caldwell marked four. Jordan Walker Jamie Canfield and Whitney Terry each had two points in the triumph.
River Valley was paced by Leia Moore with 11 points and Rachael Smith with 10 points. Chelsea Copley and Tianna Qualls each had eight points, Shelby Brown added seven and Courtney Smith rounded out the RVHS scoring with four points.
Curfman finished with a team-high eight rebounds, followed by Barnes, Kassie Shriver and Caldwell with six apiece. Curfman also led the defensive effort with six steals in the game.
Gallia Academy shot 37.2 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from the free throw line, while RVHS was 57.1 percent from the charity stripe. Barnes and Shriver each marked a pair of three-pointers for GAHS, while Curfman had one. Copley had two triples for River Valley.
These teams will meet again on February 3, in Bidwell.