CENTENARY, Ohio — When second chances come knocking, you need to answer.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team racked up 19 offensive rebounds in a 38-33 loss to the Chesapeake Lady Panthers Thursday evening in a Ohio Valley Conference matchup.
The Blue Angels (3-7, 0-6 OVC) got the first three points of Thursday’s game, but the Lady Panthers (2-5, 2-4) answer back with a 7-0 run of their own to take the lead.
The Purple and White extend that run to 10 points, leading 10-3 at the end of the first quarter.
One thing that helped the Blue and White keep in contention was a scoring drought both teams went through in the middle of the first.
The Blue Angels also did a good job in getting offensive rebounds in the first, netting six of them, but they couldn’t convert those rebounds into points on the scoreboard.
The home team has better luck in getting their shots to land in the second quarter, but they still faced struggles on defense, allowing the visitors to maintain their lead on the scoreboard.
However, the Blue Angles do go on a 6-0 scoring run to close out the second quarter, cutting the Lady Panther lead down to five points at 21-16.
At the end of the first half and the beginning of the second, the Lady Panthers took full advantage of the lack of a shot clock.
The visitors were very patient with their shots, passing around the key and waiting for the right opportunity to shoot.
The Blue Angels had some trouble with turnovers in the third quarter, keeping them from closing the gap on the scoreboard.
The good news for the Blue Angels was how they finished the third on a 5-0 run.
The bad news was how they left the third quarter the same way they entered it: down five points at 29-24.
The first couple of minutes in the fourth quarter were a stalemate, with both teams trading baskets back and forth.
There was another scoring drought in the middle of the final quarter, which only benefitted the team out front.
Ultimately, the Lady Panthers were able to hold onto their lead by the time the final buzzer sounded, winning the game… by five points.
In shots, both teams had the same amount of 3-pointers with two each.
The Lady Panthers held the advantage in both field goals and free throws at 12-10 and 8-7, respectively.
Leading the Blue Angels in scoring was senior Asia Griffin, who recorded one 3-pointer and three field goals for a total of nine points.
Behind her was senior Preslee Reed, who got three field goals and one free throw for seven points.
Junior Chanee Cremeens also had seven points, notching one 3-pointer and two field goals.
Rounding out the Gallia Academy scoring were Kenya Peck with four points, Regan Wilcoxon with three points and Emma Hammons with three points.
Kate Bell led the Lady Panthers in scoring, recording four field goals and two free throws for a total of 10 points.
In rebounds, the Blue Angels had 19 offensive and 16 defensive for a total of 35, led by Peck with 11.
The Lady Panthers had 11 offensive rebounds and 16 defensive, led by Brooklyn McComas and Hannah Webb with eight each.
The Blue Angels will be back on the court at 12 p.m. Saturday, when they host the Meigs Lady Marauders.
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