CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — All good things must come to an end.
After starting the season with consecutive road wins over South Gallia and River Valley, the third time wasn’t the charm for the Gallia Academy girls basketball team Monday night following a 57-44 setback to host Chesapeake in a non-conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The visiting Blue Angels (2-1) stayed close early on, trailing 13-10 after eight minutes of play. The Lady Panthers (2-0), however, answered with a 20-11 surge in the second canto, which allowed CHS to establish a 33-21 lead at the intermission.
The defensive intensity picked up on both sides during the third period, as Chesapeake gained a small 10-6 edge to take its biggest lead of the night (43-27) into the finale. GAHS outscored the hosts 17-14 down the stretch, but never came within three possessions the rest of the way.
Micah Curfman led the Blue Angels with a game-high 19 points, followed by Kendra Barnes with 14 points and Chelsy Slone with five markers. Hannah Loveday and Halley Barnes respectively rounded out the scoring with four points and two points. GAHS was 16-of-32 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Jordan Porter paced Chesapeake with 18 points, nine of which came in the opening quarter. Sydnee Hall was next with 11 points, followed by Kaylee Curry with eight markers and Anna Mayo with seven points. The Lady Panthers were 11-of-25 at the charity stripe for 44 percent.
Gallia Academy had all four successful three-pointers in the contest, but CHS had a 23-12 total field goal advantage. The hosts were also whistled for four more fouls, a 23-19 overall margin.