THE PLAINS, Ohio — Host Athens built a 50-14 lead through three quarters of play and eventually rolled to a 59-24 victory over the Gallia Academy girls basketball team Monday night in a non-conference matchup at McAfee Gymnasium in Athens County.
The visiting Blue Angels (3-7) led 3-0 a minute into regulation, but the Lady Bulldogs (10-0) countered with a 16-2 surge to claim a 16-5 edge after eight minutes of play. AHS scored the first 11 points of the second canto for a 27-5 cushion, then closed the half out with a 6-4 spurt to claim a 33-9 lead at the break.
The Lady Bulldogs kept that momentum going into the second half, as the hosts used a 17-5 charge to secure a commanding 36-point advantage headed into the finale. GAHS closed regulation with a small 10-9 run, wrapping up the 35-point outcome.
Gallia Academy connected on 7-of-46 shot attempts for 15 percent, including a 2-of-14 effort from three-point range for 14 percent. The guests committed 18 turnovers and were outrebounded by a 39-28 overall margin.
Jordan Walker led the Blue Angels with eight points, followed by Micah Curfman, Kendra Barnes and Kassie Shriver with five markers apiece. Jaylan Caldwell rounded out the scoring with one point.
Gallia Academy was 8-of-15 at the free throw line for 53 percent. Brittany Terry led the guests with eight rebounds and two blocked shots, while Barnes added three steals and Shriver dished out two assists.
Athens made 22-of-50 field goal attempts for 44 percent, including a 4-of-14 effort from behind the arc for 29 percent. The hosts committed 12 turnovers and went 11-of-17 at the free throw line for 65 percent.
Dominique Doseck led AHS with game-highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Rachael Gilkey with 10 points and four blocks. Hannah DeBruin was next with six points, while Elyse Lutz, Sara Skinner and Alexis McCollum each contributed five markers to the winning cause.