CENTENARY, Ohio — The Blue Devils set the tone and followed throw for their second straight win.
The Gallia Academy boys basketball team put together an excellent first quarter Tuesday night and went on to defeat non-conference guest Lincoln County 70-47.
The Blue Devils (2-4) went ahead 22-8 in the opening period led by sophomore Wes Jarrell with 10 points in the first. Gallia Academy stretched its led to 35-18 at the half and still led by 17 headed into the finale. GAHS outscored the Panthers (0-3) 18-to-12 over the final eight minutes and took the 70-47 victory.
Seth Atkins led the Blue Devils 21 points, followed by Wes Jarrell with 19 and Reid Eastman with 12. Mike Putney, Kole Carter and Devin Henry each had four points, while Wade Jarrell, Alex White and Isiah Franklin each two points.
Gallia Academy was 28-of-50 (56 percent) from the field and 8-of-10 (80 percent) from the free throw line. GAHS pulled down 28 rebounds led by Wes Jarrell with nine and Jacob Strieter with six. Wade Jarrell had 18 total assists led by Wade Jarrell with five and Henry with four. The Blue Devil defense was led by Eastman, Henry and Wes Jarrell with two steals apiece. Atkins made four three-pointers to lead GAHS, followed by Eastman with two.
Lincoln County was led by Schylar Kelley with 23 points, followed by Andrew Davis with seven points. Both Jake Ashley and Jake Reynolds marked four points, while Jacob Hudson and Jacob Kirkendoll both added three points.
The Panthers shot 17-of-36 (47.2 percent) from the field and 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the free throw line. LCHS had 22 team rebounds led by Reynolds with five and Kelley with four. Corey Rusk paced the Panthers with three assists, while Ashley led the defense with two steals.
Gallia Academy held a 12-to-16 advantage in turnovers Tuesday night. The Blue Devils have now played three consecutive West Virginia teams and went 2-1.