RIO GRANDE, Ohio — It’s all about timing.
The Symmes Valley girls basketball team led by nine points with just over five minutes remaining in the game but South Gallia rallied back to take the 46-44 victory, Saturday in the Rio Grande Classic.
The Lady Rebels (3-2) outscored SVHS 9-to-7 in the opening period and 13-to-12 in the second to take the 22-19 halftime lead. The Lady Vikings (1-2) knotted the game at 28 with a 9-to-6 third quarter run and the game was even with eight minutes to play.
Symmes Valley surged to a nine point lead with 5:16 to play but SGHS answered and came back to take the 46-44 win.
Rachel Johnson marked 10 points to lead the victors, followed by Caitlyn VansCoy with nine and Mikayla Poling with six. Lesley Small, Sara Bailey and Alicia Hornsby each marked five points, Ashley Northup had four, while Courtney Haner rounded out the SGHS total with two points.
South Gallia committed 18 turnovers in the game and pulled down 29 rebounds, led by Johnson with seven. Bailey, Haner and Lesley Small each had two steals to lead the Lady Rebel defense. As a team the Red and Gold shot 18-of-48 (37.5 percent) from the field and 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line. SGHS was 2-of-4 (50 percent) from beyond the arc with Bailey and Hornsby each making a triple.
Kalli Hunt led Symmes Valley with 12 points, followed by Autumn Keathley with nine points and Breanna Brumfield with eight. Sierra Ross marked seven points, Hannah Maynard had four, while Elly Fulks and Kelsea Massie each had two for the Lady Vikings.
SVHS turned the ball over 18 times and grabbed 34 rebounds, led by Hunt with eight. Brumfield led the SVHS defense with three steals, while Symmes Valley shot 19-of-47 (40.4 percent) from the field. The Lady Vikings were 3-of-10 (30 percent) from the free throw line and 3-of-13 (23.1 percent) from three-point range.
These teams will do battle again on February 1, in Willow Wood.