RIO GRANDE, Ohio — So much for a fast start.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team failed to score in the first quarter of Saturday’s non-conference game against Chesapeake, as part of the Rio Grande Classic. The Lady Panthers went on to defeat GAHS 53-42.
The Lady Panthers (2-0) jumped out to a 12-0 lead after a stellar first period and outscored Gallia Academy (2-3) 12-to-8 in the second period to take the 24-8 lead into the break.
Following the intermission the Lady Panthers expanded their lead to 18 with a 16-to-14 third quarter edge. The Blue Angels finally got things turned around in the finale, outscoring CHS 20-to-13, but it was too little, too late and Chesapeake claimed the 53-42 win.
Micah Curfman led GAHS with 20 points, followed by Kassie Shriver with eight and Kendra Barnes with seven. Jalea Caldwell and Carly Shriver each had three points, while Jordan Walker had one to round out the Gallia Academy total.
Gallia Academy shot 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from the free throw line and hit four three-pointers, two by Kassie Shriver and one each by Curfman and Carly Shriver. Kassie Shriver led the Blue and White defensive effort with four steals.
Jordan Porter paced Chesapeake with 20 points, followed by Atiya Spaulding with 12 points, Sydnee Hall with nine and Kaylee Curry with six. Kelsey Huff marked four points, while Baylee Mils rounded out the Lady Panthers with two points.
Chesapeake was 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the free throw line and all 22 CHS field goals were inside the three-point line.
The Blue Angels will look to avenge this loss on January 18, in a trip to Chesapeake.