CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Not a strong start to the season.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team fell to host Chesapeake 46-37 in the Blue Angels’ 2015-16 season opener on Thursday night in Lawrence County.
The Lady Panthers had an 11-10 edge over the Blue Angels (0-1) after the first quarter. Jalea Caldwell’s four points gave the Blue Angels a 21-20 lead headed into halftime.
The Chesapeake defense gave the visitors trouble in the third quarter. Gallia Academy only scored six points in the third period, as the White and Purple led 30- 27 after three quarters.
Adrienne Jenkins’ seven points gave the Blue Angels a chance in the fourth quarter, but Natalie Hall and Dominque Murphy’s combined 12 points in the quarter kept the Lady Panthers out in front.
Caldwell and Jenkins led the Blue Angels with nine points apiece. Carly Shriver finished the game seven points, followed by Jordan Walker had six points. Kimberly Edelmann had three points in the contest, while Hunter Copley and Koko Higa had two points and one point respectively for Gallia Academy.
Murphy led the Lady Panthers with 14 points. Hall and Kaylee Curry finished with 12 points each, followed by Atiya Spaulding with seven points. Jozy Jones contributed one point for Chesapeake.
Both team will meet again on Jan. 11 in Gallipolis. Gallia Academy will head to Rock Hill on Monday. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106