MERCERVILLE, Ohio — On Senior Night, simply put, the South Gallia Lady Rebels’ senior trio did more than its fair share.
It was honored in pregame ceremonies, sang the National Anthem, and then combined for 52 of the Lady Rebels’ 65 points in South Gallia’s 65-11 rout of visiting Wahama Wednesday night.
The Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division girls basketball makeup matchup marked the Lady Rebels’ second consecutive victory, improving their record to 5-16 — and 5-10 in the division.
The Lady Falcons fell to 0-16 overall and 0-14 in the TVC-Hocking, and unfortunately for them extended their losing streaks to 50 in the league as part of 59 (overall).
But Wednesday was all about the Lady Rebels’ three seniors of Mikayla Poling, Carrie Watson and Ashley Northup.
It was indeed an emotional and special Senior Night at SGHS, as third-year head coach Corey Small spoke glowingly of his three senior players.
“This is my third year coaching varsity, but I’ve had this senior group ever since the seventh grade. It’s a special group to me and I was really glad to see them get the win tonight,” said Small. “They all played extremely hard and I’m proud of all three of them.”
Poling poured in 26 points, with 23 of those coming in the opening half, in which South Gallia led 17-1 after one quarter and 39-3 at halftime.
South Gallia expanded its lead to 53-5 following the third quarter, before the Lady Rebels’ largest lead reached 54 twice — at 63-9 with a minute remaining and the 65-11 final score.
Poling pumped in five two-point goals and a pair of first-period three-pointers, including a three on the opening possession of the game, which quickly set the tone for a memorable night.
She scored the opening eight points and 14 of the Rebels’ first-quarter 17, with the other three markers coming on an Erin Evans trifecta.
Poling and Northup notched two field goals apiece in the second period, as Northup’s six free throws, Poling’s five, Watson’s one and Aaliyah Howell’s two freebies rounded out the Rebels’ 22 for the quarter.
Poling finished with seven total field goals and 10-of-14 free throws, as Northup netted 19 points on six field goals and 6-of-10 foul shots.
Northup nailed the Lady Rebels’ only other three in the third frame.
Watson, on two second-half field goals and three made free throws, scored seven.
Jessica Luther made 4-of-6 second-half free throws, as second-half field goals by Brooke Campbell and Olivia Hornsby rounded out the Rebels’ scoring.
South Gallia scored the game’s first 14 points before the Lady Falcons’ Nena Hunt hit a free throw at the 4:54 mark of the first quarter.
With Wahama trailing 27-1, Maddy Van Matre made the team’s first field goal with 2:25 to play in the first half.
She also scored the team’s only third-period points — on a jump shot exactly eight minutes after her first field goal.
Olivia Hill had a free throw just 20 seconds into the fourth quarter for Wahama, as Van Matre made a free throw with 4:05 remaining — followed by a field goal just 50 seconds later and finally two free throws with 30 seconds to play.
“We got intimidated and they (Rebels) just overwhelmed us real quick,” said Wahama coach John Arnott. “We’ll get things worked out. We’ll have to do some discipline, but we will work things out. We’ve got a lot of young kids in our future and we’ll get it going.”
Wahama returned to the road, and returned to TVC-Hocking action, on Thursday night at Southern.
The Lady Rebels returned home on Thursday, and concluded TVC-Hocking action, against the outright league champion Waterford.
That contest also ended South Gallia’s regular season.
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