BELPRE, Ohio — It started, and ended, well at least for visiting South Gallia on Monday night.
Unfortunately for the Lady Rebels, the middle two quarters were quite a different story.
That’s because Belpre outscored South Gallia in that span by a whopping 30-4 count, as the Rebels fell 47-23 in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division girls basketball opener.
The Golden Eagles erased a 10-9 deficit following the opening quarter, blitzing South Gallia 13-3 in the second stanza — and an even worse 17-1 in the third.
Belpre led 22-15 at halftime, then extended the advantage to 39-14 following three frames.
The Rebels then won the fourth canto — again by a one-point difference (9-8).
The loss was South Gallia’s first of the season, as it dipped to an even 1-1.
The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, raised their record to a perfect 3-0.
The Golden Eagles amassed a 19-8 advantage in total field goals, as Cheyenne Barker led Belpre with 11 points on four field goals and 2-of-6 free throws.
Daisy Cowdery added eight points on four field goals, while Kaitlin Richards chipped in seven points and Alexandria Williams scored six.
Richards drilled a pair of three-pointers, while Barker and Abby Lefatch finished with one apiece.
Erin Evans, on three field goals including two treys, amounted eight points to lead the Lady Rebels.
Amaya Howell had the team’s other trifecta.
Olivia Hornsby had a field goal and two freebies for four points, as Aaliyah Howell and Kylie Stapleton scored a field goal and free throw apiece.
Christine Griffith rounded out the Lady Rebels’ scoring with a field goal.
South Gallia returns home, and returns to TVC-Hocking Division action, on Thursday night against Waterford.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106