Panthers down Gallia Academy, 55-30

By Donald Lambert - [email protected]

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — A tough night on the road.

The Gallia Academy boys basketball team tried to hang with host Chesapeake, but the Panthers defeated the Blue Devils 55-30 in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup on Friday night in Lawrence County.

The Panthers (3-0, 2-0 OVC) had a narrow 7-4 lead over the Blue Devils (1-2, 0-2) after one quarter of play. Chesapeake scored 17 points in the second quarter, which gave the home team a 24-12 lead at the break.

Chesapeake poured on the offense in third quarter with 14 points. The Panthers led 38-20 heading into the finale. Gallia Academy scored a game-high 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Chesapeake’s 17 points gave the home team the victory.

Even Wiseman led the Blue Devils with 15 points, followed by Wes Jarrell with five points. Russell Matthew had three points for the visitors, while Cole Carter, Devin Henry and Justin Peck finished with two points apiece. Justin McClelland contributed one point for Gallia Academy.

Gage Rhoades led the home team with a game-high 27 points, followed by Brad Meadows with 12 points. Casey McComas had six points for the Panthers, while Wes Stephens finished with four points. Cole Mills, Ty Wilcoxon and Austin Browning each contributed two points for Chesapeake.

Gallia Academy will travel to Rock Hill on Tuesday. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Donald Lambert

[email protected]