SOUTH POINT, Ohio — It’s not how you start something, but rather how you finish it.
Host South Point hit 10 trifectas — including six in the second half — and overcame a 22-15 halftime deficit Monday night during a hard-fought 43-38 decision over the Gallia Academy girls basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The Blue Angels (2-5) led after each of the first three quarters of play, as the guests established advantages of 12-9 after eight minutes and 30-26 through three periods of play. The Lady Pointers (4-4) closed regulation with a 17-8 surge — including an 8-of-10 effort at the free throw line — to wrap up the five-point decision.
SPHS made only a dozen field goals in the contest, but also went 9-of-14 overall at the charity stripe for 64 percent. The hosts also had seven different players reach the scoring column.
Abbey Winkler paced the Lady Pointers with a game-high 18 points, which included nine points in each half. Andrea Bradburn was next with 10 points, followed by Haley Rawlins with four markers.
The Blue Angels connected on 15-of-42 field goal attempts for 36 percent, including a 6-of-15 effort from three-point territory for 40 percent. GAHS committed 22 turnovers, hauled in 31 rebounds and dished out 15 assists in the setback.
Kendra Barnes led Gallia Academy with 12 points, followed by Micah Curfman with 11 points and Chelsy Slone with seven markers. Hannah Loveday chipped in four points, while Abby Wiseman and Halley Barnes rounded things out with two markers each.
Slone led the guests with eight rebounds and Halley Barnes hauled in seven caroms. Curfman had a team-best five assists. GAHS — which has now lost five straight decisions — was 2-of-4 at the free throw line for 50 percent.