WILLOW WOOD, Ohio — The steadier hand usually wins the shootout.
Host Symmes Valley built a 15-point lead through three quarters of play and ultimately made that advantage hold up Friday night following a 75-61 victory over the South Gallia boys basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The visiting Rebels (6-2) never led in the contest, as the Vikings stormed out to a 14-10 lead after eight minutes of play before going on a 15-12 second quarter spurt — allowing the hosts to claim a 29-22 edge at the break.
Symmes Valley (5-1) made its biggest charge of the night in the third canto, as the hosts went on a 19-11 run to secure a commanding 48-33 cushion headed into the finale. SGHS won the fourth quarter by a slim 28-27 edge, wrapping up the 14-point outcome.
There were a total of 48 fouls and 53 free throw attempts combined in the contest. The Rebels committed 23 fouls and were 12-of-23 at the free throw line for 52 percent, while the Vikings committed 25 fouls and connected on 22-of-30 charity tosses for 73 percent.
Brayden Greer led South Gallia with a game-high 25 points, 19 of which came in the second half. Landon Hutchinson was next with 18 points, followed by Mikey Wheeler with nine markers.
Ethan Swain and Jarred Calhoun respectively added four and three points to the losing cause, while Ethan Spurlock rounded out the scoring with two markers.
Jacob Klaiber paced SVHS with 17 points, followed by Jonathan Kouns with 15 markers. Tyler Rowe and Ryan Gibson each contributed 13 points apiece to the victory, while Dylan Malone added 10 markers for the hosts.