CENTENARY, Ohio — It’s not how you start, but rather how you finish.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team committed just one turnover and led by two points, eight minutes into Thursday night’s Ohio Valley Conference clash with visiting South Point. However, the Blue Angels committed 21 turnovers over the next three stanzas and fell by a 68-52 count.
Gallia Academy (2-16, 2-10 OVC) connected on three trifectas in the opening period and led the Lady Pointers (10-9, 6-5) by a 17-15 count. SPHS took the lead 10 seconds into the second quarter — a lead it never relinquished — and the Blue and Gold pushed the lead to double digits, 34-24, by the 2:00 mark. GAHS ended the first half with a 9-2 run, but trailed 36-33 at the break.
The Blue Angels committed nine turnovers and shot just 2-of-11 from the field in the third quarter, allowing South Point to build the lead to 58-37 with eight minutes remaining. SPHS expanded it’s lead to a game-high 26 points 1:30 into the fourth quarter and the Lady Pointers cruised to the 68-52 triumph.
“This year’s about up, we may get there, we may not,” third-year GAHS head coach Joe Justice said. “We’re young, inexperienced and when we run out of gas we kind of get back to doing our own thing. We’ve been in games at halftime all year, then we just get excited and throw the ball around. Turnovers have been a big thing all year.”
Adrienne Jenkins led the Blue Angels with 19 points and eight rebounds, followed by Carly Shriver with 11 points and eight boards. Jalea Caldwell recorded eight points, seven rebounds and a game-best six assists, while Hunter Copley scored seven points in the setback.
Jordan Walker posted six points, while KoKo Higa rounded out the GAHS scoring with one marker. Caldwell and Shriver paced the Gallia Academy defense with two steals apiece.
The Blue Angels shot 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from the charity stripe and 20-of-61 (32.8 percent) from the field, including 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team Gallia Academy marked 17 defensive rebounds, 17 offensive boards, 12 assists, seven steals and 22 turnovers.
Brooklyn Badgett led South Point with 27 points, eight rebounds, five steals and five assists, while Kate Mundy marked 12 points and Abby Hannah scored 11. Leah Lawson recorded seven points and five assists, Madison Kearns scored five points, while Adara Deeds, Olivia Abner and Ashley Perkey each scored two points in the win.
SPHS shot 8-of-10 (80 percent) from the free throw line and 27-of-58 (46.6 percent) from the field, including 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) from three-point range. The Lady Pointers finished with 24 defensive boards, 10 offensive rebounds, 15 assists, 14 steals, four blocked shots and 17 turnovers.
South Point also defeated GAHS on December 17, by a 61-50 count in Lawrence County. The Blue Angels — who have now lost eight straight decisions — host Logan on Saturday and return to OVC action on Monday when Fairland visits Centenary.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342 ext. 2100.
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