WILLOW WOOD, Ohio — A tough start to the new season.
Host Symmes Valley made a 41-20 run over the final three quarters of play and rolled to a 55-30 victory over the South Gallia boys basketball team on Friday night in a non-conference contest in Lawrence County.
The Rebels (0-1) — who were making their debut under new coach Kent Wolfe — stayed competitive for three quarters as the guests were facing a 37-25 deficit headed into the finale.
The Vikings (1-0), however, made an 18-5 surge down the stretch to erase any hopes of a comeback bid, allowing the Red and Gray to wrap up the 25-point outcome.
The Red and Gold four points apiece from Curtis Haner and Eli Ellis in the opening canto, but Layken Gothard countered with 11 first quarter points as the hosts secured a 14-10 edge through eight minutes of play.
SVHS used a balanced attack in the second frame as four different players scored during a 14-7 run, allowing the Vikings to take a 28-17 cushion into the intermission.
Brock Carpenter netted eight points for Symmes Valley as part of a small 9-8 third quarter run that allowed the hosts to extend their lead out to a dozen points headed into the fourth.
Six different players contributed to the Vikings’ big run at the end, while the Rebels netted just two field goals and went 1-of-5 at the charity stripe down the stretch.
South Gallia mustered 13 field goals — including a single trifecta — and also went 3-of-7 at the free throw line for 43 percent.
Ellis led the guests with nine points, followed by Haner with eight points and Austin Stapleton with six markers.
Bryce Nolan was next with three points, while Jaxxon Mabe and Austin Day completed the scoring with two points apiece.
The Vikings netted 23 total field goals — which included seven trifectas — and were also 2-of-6 at the charity stripe for 33 percent.
Gothard paced SVHS with a game-high 18 points, followed by Carpenter with 11 points and Hunter Adams with nine markers.
Jack Leith was next with six points, while Justin White, Austin Mannon and Nick Klaibee each contributed three points. Alec Carpenter completed the winning tally with two markers.
The Rebels return to action Friday when they travel to Racine for their Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division opener against Southern.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.