CENTENARY, Ohio — Closing the game out in style.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team led by 12 points headed into the fourth quarter of Saturday afternoon’s Southeastern Ohio Athletic League contest against visiting Portsmouth. The Blue Angels marked 28 points in the fourth to take the 69-43 victory for the first league win.
The Blue Angels (5-7, 1-3 SEOAL) took the 15-12 advantage after the tightly contested opening period, and extended their lead to 30-20 at halftime.
GAHS expanded its lead by two points in the third quarter and led 41-29 headed into the fourth. The Lady Trojans were able to score 14 points in the fourth quarter but Gallia Academy marked 28 to take the 69-41 victory.
The Blue Angels were led by Jordan Walker with 16 points, and Micah Curfman with 15. Jalea Caldwell and Kassie Shriver each had 10 points, while Makenzie Barr and Kendra Barnes each marked six. Brittany Angel finished with five points, while Jamie Canfield finished with two. GAHS was 15-of-20 (75 percent) from the free throw line.
Paignton Williams led Portsmouth with 23 points, followed by Jada Jenkins with eight. Wesleigh Jackson and Sehrojah Parker each had four points, while Faythe Lee and Mya Williams finsihed with two each. PHS was 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) from the free throw line.
The Blue Angels have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. GAHS will look to sweep Portsmouth on February 8, in Portsmouth.