MERCERVILLE, Ohio — U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta would be proud of the way the Lady Rebels played Thursday night.
The South Gallia girls basketball team forced 33 turnovers, while allowing just 23 points to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division foe Southern en route to a 30-point SGHS victory in Gallia County.
The Lady Rebels (16-4, 11-3 TVC Hocking) began the game with a 3:00 4-0 run but Southern (5-14, 3-11) hit a three-pointer to come within one point. SGHS scored the next eight points but the Lady Tornadoes closed the opening quarter with a 5-to-2 run. South Gallia held the 14-8 advantage the the end of the first.
The Lady Rebels scored 18 points in the second period, while their defense held Southern to just six points. South Gallia held the 32-14 advantage at the break.
The Red and Gold defense didn’t miss a beat after the half, as it held Southern without a point for the first five minutes of the third period. SGHS was able to score 14 points in that time span. The Lady Tornadoes scored their only two points of the third at the 2:59 mark but the Lady Rebels scored three more points after that to push the lead to 31 at the end of the period.
Southern scored the first five points of the finale but South Gallia closed the game with a 6-to-2 run to seal the 53-23 victory.
Jasmyne Johnson led the charge for South Gallia with 18 points, 17 of which came in the first half. Ellie Bostic added 12 points for the victors, while Meghan Caldwell and Rachel Johnson each marked six. Sara Bailey chipped in with four points, followed by Mikayla Poling, Kaitlin Vanscoy, and Kelsey Corbin with two points each. Lesley Small rounded out the SGHS total with one point in the triumph.
Jasmyne Johnson finished off her double-double with 10 rebounds, while Bostic finished with eight. Caldwell led the Lady Rebels with five assists, while Bostic had three. Bostic led the SGHS defense with seven steals, followed by Caldwell with four. Poling, Bostic, Rachel Johnson, Caldwell and Sara Rustmeyer each had one block for South Gallia.
As a team South Gallia finished with 38 rebounds, 17 assists, 25 steals, five blocks and 24 turnovers. The Lady Rebels shot 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from the free throw line and 21-of-52 (40.4 percent) from the field, including 0-of-2 from beyond the arc. South Gallia committed 15 personal fouls in the win.
The Lady Tornadoes were led by Jordan Huddleston with seven points, followed by Celestia Hendrix and Hannah Hill with six apiece. Alison Deem and Jansen Wolfe each scored two points to round out the SHS total.
Wolfe paced Southern on the glass with 12 rebounds, followed by Hendrix with 10. Kyrie Swann finished with a pair of assists to lead SHS while Wolfe, Haley Hill and Caitlyn Cowdery each had two steals in the game. Wolfe, Hannah Hill and Haley Hill each had one block for the Purple and Gold.
The Lady Tornadoes collectively had 41 rebounds, five assists, 10 steals, three blocks and 33 turnovers. Southern shot 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from the charity stripe and just 8-of-54 (14.8 percent) from the field, including 3-of-21 (14.3 percent) from three-point range. Huddleston accounted for a pair of the SHS triples, while Hannah Hill had the other. SHS committed 17 personal fouls in the game.
Southern was issued two technical fouls in the contest, one was given to coach Scott Cleland and the other was accessed for having six players on the floor.
The games biggest lead was 31 points that came at the end of the third period. The Purple and Gold never led or tied the game.
The win is the fourth in a row for the Lady Rebels, while Southern has now lost two of its last three games. South Gallia has never lost a TVC Hocking game to the Lady Tornadoes.
South Gallia improves to 9-2 at home this season, while Southern falls to just 1-9 away from Racine.
The Lady Rebels also defeated Southern on January 3rd in Racine. South Gallia won that game by a count of 58-57.