MERCERVILLE, Ohio — It’s not how you start but how you finish.
South Gallia trailed by double digits early in the second period but the Lady Rebels rallied back and took the 49-46 over Point Pleasant in the opening round of the South Gallia Holiday Tournament.
The Lady Knights (2-7) jumped out to an early 9-to-3 at the 5:22 mark of the opening stanza but SGHS (7-3) came back to tie the game at 13 with a minute left in the quarter. PPHS rained in back-to-back three-pointers to end the period with a 19-13 lead.
Point Pleasant scored four unanswered points to start the second period, extending its lead to 10 points but the Lady Rebels bounced back with a 13-to-2 run, gaining their first lead of the game with under a minute remaining in the half. PPHS out scored South Gallia 3-to-1 just before the half and took the 28-27 advantage into the locker rooms.
After swapping leads in the first three minutes of the second half South Gallia went on an 11-to-3 run to end the third period with a 40-33 advantage.
The Lady Knights trimmed South Gallia lead to just one point various times in the final period but South Gallia managed to hold on for the 49-46 victory.
“The first half we started slow but we picked it up,” South Gallia coach Brett Bostic said after the game. “It was a little more physical than we’re used to playing but the girls hung in there and fought tooth and nail down to the end to seal the win for us.”
South Gallia was led by senior Ellie Bostic with 16 points and sophomore Sara Bailey with 10. Meghan Caldwell finished with eight points, Jasmyne Johnson notched six, Lesley Small chipped in with five points and Rachel Johnson contributed four points to round out the SGHS scoring.
Caldwell finished with team-highs in rebounds with six and assists with four. Bailey, Caldwell and Bostic each finished with a steal for South Gallia.The Lady Rebels made four three-point field goals in the triumph, two from Bailey, one from Small and one from Caldwell.
Senior Andrea Porter led the Lady Knights with 21 points and nine rebounds, followed by Katie Bruner with 10 points. Cassie Nibert and Makenzie Thomas each marked six points in the game, while Allison Smith had two and Cassie Adkins had one. Porter and Nibert each finished with two steals for PPHS.
Point Pleasant connected on six three-pointers in the game, two apiece from Thomas and Nibert, and one apiece from Porter and Bruner.
“We played hard all the way through which is what I’ve been asking my girls to do all year.” said Point Pleasant coach John Fields. “This is the first game that we’ve gave a buzzer to buzzer effort, we didn’t come up with the win but I have to applaud them on their effort.”
South Gallia finished with a 27-to-17 advantage rebounding, while both teams committed 11 turnovers. PPHS shot 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe while South Gallia shot 15-of-26 (57.7 percent).
This is the lone meeting between these teams this season.