MERCERVILLE, Ohio — A good start led to a solid finish for the South Gallia girls basketball team Saturday afternoon following a 51-36 victory over visiting Symmes Valley in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The host Lady Rebels (6-3) jumped out to a 14-9 advantage after eight minutes of play, then followed with a 15-8 surge in the second canto to establish a 29-17 lead at the intermission.
The Lady Vikings (4-6) managed a small 11-10 spurt in the third period to pull within 39-28 headed into the finale, but SGHS ended regulation with a 12-8 run to wrap up the 15-point triumph.
Meghan Caldwell led the hosts with a game-high 14 points, eight of which came in the opening quarter. Lesley Small was next with 13 points, followed by Ellie Bostic with 10 markers. Rachel Johnson and Jasmyne Johnson both added six points apiece to the winning cause, while Sara Bailey rounded out the scoring with two markers. The Lady Rebels were 6-of-8 at the free throw line for 75 percent.
Gracie Waddell paced SVHS with 10 points, followed by Merranda Hayes with six points and Kalli Hunt with five markers. Symmes Valley was 2-of-6 at the charity stripe for 33 percent.