CENTENARY, Ohio — After starting the year 2-0, the Gallia Academy girls basketball suffered its third straight loss Monday night following a 69-38 setback to visiting Fairland in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The host Blue Angels (2-3) never led in the contest, as the Lady Dragons (4-0) stormed out to a 12-1 first quarter advantage and never looked back in the 31-point decision.
Fairland established a 2-0 advantage just nine seconds into regulation after Terra Stapleton converted a short jumper, but the Blue Angels received a free throw from Micah Curfman at the 6:38 mark of the first to cut the deficit down to 2-1. The guests answered with a 10-0 run over the next six-plus minutes to take a 12-1 cushion.
GAHS ended a 6:20 scoreless drought with just 17 seconds left in the opening period after Chelsy Slone netted a short jumper, bringing the first quarter scoring to an end at 12-3.
FHS twice led by as many as 19 points in the second stanza, the last of which came at 28-9 with 2:09 left until the half. The hosts ended a two-minute scoring drought with 23 seconds remaining before half to cut the intermission deficit down to 28-11.
Fairland led 38-15 with 4:55 remaining in the third period, but the Blue Angels countered with a 12-6 run the rest of the canto to pull within 44-27 headed into the finale. GAHS never came closer the rest of the way, as the guests established their biggest lead of the night at 69-35 with 53 seconds remaining in the contest.
Gallia Academy was 15-of-50 overall from the field for 30 percent, including a 1-of-14 effort from three-point range for seven percent. The Blue Angels hauled in 19 rebounds (six offensive), committed 19 turnovers and went 7-of-12 at the free throw line for 58 percent.
Kendra Barnes led the hosts with 11 points, all of which came in the second half. Halley Barnes was next with eight points, while Chelsy Slone and Micah Curfman each contributed six markers. Abby Wiseman and Hannah Loveday rounded out the respective scoring with four and three points.
Loveday led GAHS with five total rebounds and three offensive caroms, while Halley Barnes had a team-best two steals. Curfman led the hosts with three assists.
Stapleton — who recently gave a verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota — paced FHS with a game-high 16 points, followed by Chandler Fulks with nine markers. Kayla Swiger and Kelsey Riley both added eight points apiece to the winning cause.
Fairland was 8-of-16 at the free throw line for 50 percent and also committed 12 turnovers, including just three in the first half.