PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — Defensive struggles continue for the Blue Angels.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team surrendered 79 points Monday night, falling to Ohio Valley Conference host Fairland by a 38-point margin.
The Blue Angels (1-8, 1-6 OVC) trailed 19-12 after eight minutes of play, and Fairland (8-1, 5-0) pushed the advantage to 38-25 at halftime.
The Lady Dragons came out of the break strong, outscoring their guests by a 20-to-9 margin in the third period to expand the lead to 58-34 headed into the finale. Fairland capped off the 79-41 victory with a 21-7 fourth quarter run.
Hunter Copley, Carly Shriver and Adrienne Jenkins each scored eight points to pace the Blue Angels, while Jordan Walker scored seven and Jalea Caldwell scored six. Jenelle Stevens and Macey Siders rounded out the GAHS scoring total with two points apiece. Gallia Academy, which hit five three-pointers in the setback, shot 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from the charity stripe.
The balanced Lady Dragon attack was led by Emily Chapman with 13 points, followed by Taylor Perry and Kelsie Warnock with 12 each. Alesha Simpson scored 10 points, Morgan Fridley added nine, while Allie Marshall had eight. Emma Fulton scored seven points, Jackie Wagner posted six, while Issy McKinney finished with two markers. Fairland connected on 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) of free throw attempts and made 14 trifectas in the win.
This is the fourth time this season GAHS has allowed at least 79 points in a loss. Gallia Academy will look to flip the script on February 1, when the Lady Dragons visit Centenary. The Blue Angels will try to snap their four-game losing skid on Thursday when Portsmouth travels to Gallia County.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.