ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The third time’s the charm.
After losing twice in the regular season to South Point the Gallia Academy girls basketball team avenged those losses with a 52-48 victory over the Lady Pointers in the sectional semi-final at Meigs High School.
South Point (7-12) took the early 8-6 edge in a slow paced first period. The Lady Pointers expanded their lead to six points by halftime, out scoring Gallia Academy (9-14) 14-to-10 in the second quarter.
The Blue Angels came out in the second half with a press defense, which proved to be trouble for SPHS. Gallia Academy forced 10 turnovers in the third period, while out scoring South Point 21-to-9 and taking the six point lead. The Lady Pointers scored 17 in the fourth period but GAHS marked 15 to seal the 52-48 victory.
“Everything went pretty much the way we thought it would,” Gallia Acadmey coach Renee Barnes said. “Our press was the key tonight, if we hadn’t have put the pressure on with the press got the steals and the momentum we probably would have lost this game.”
Kendra Barnes led the Blue Angels with 24 points on the night, followed by Micah Curfman with 14. Chelsy Slone finished with 11 points, Abby Wiseman marked three and Halley Barnes finished with two points for the victors.
Halley Barnes led GAHS with six rebounds, while Wiseman had a team-high three assists. Curfman finished with five steals and two blocks to lead the Gallia Academy defense.
As a team the Blue and White had 22 rebounds, eight assists, 13 steals and two blocks. Gallia Academy committed eight turnovers, while forcing 18. The Blue Angels shot 16-of-51 (31.4 percent) from the field, including 2-of-10 (20 percent) from three point range. Curfman and Slone accounted for the GAHS triples. The Blue Angels were 18-of-26 (69.2 percent) from the charity stripe, led by Kendra Barnes, who was 8-of-8.
The Lady Pointers were led by Haley Rawlings with 15 points and Brett Justice with 14. Abbey Winkler had nine points, while Lakin Adams and Aundrea Bradburn each had four. Bonnie Hilman rounded out the SPHS scoring with two points.
Gallia Academy advances to the sectional final where it must play SEOAL co-champion and number one seed Jackson (21-1). The Ironladies have defeated GAHS in both meetings this season but they are coming off their first loss of the season. The Blue Angels have now won four consecutive games.
“Now we have Jackson, we’re preparing, we’ve seen them and we know what they do,” said Barnes. “We’re going to get our girls focused this week, get prepared and look at some game film. We’ll go from there and see what happens, that’s all we can do.”