CENTENARY, Ohio — It took four extra minutes but the Blue Angels started the year with a win.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team needed overtime but eventually took the 55-53 non-conference decision over guest South Gallia, Monday night.
The Lady Rebels (1-1) wasted little time, outscoring GAHS (1-0) 15-9 in the opening stanza to gain the early advantage. Gallia Academy answered in the second quarter and pulled within four points, 24-20, at halftime.
After the intermission the offensive pace slowed down, as each team scored just six points in the third quarter. Both offenses revved up the pace in the fourth quarter however and Gallia Academy fought back to tie the game at 51 as regulation expired. The Blue Angel defense came up big in overtime, holding SGHS to just two points en route to a 55-53 win.
Micah Curfman led the Blue Angels with 19 points, including a pair of three pointers. Kendra Barnes marked 15 points, including a 13-of-16 performance form the charity stripe. Jalea Caldwell marked seven points, while Kassie Shriver and Jordan Walker each had six and Carly Shriver marked two.
SGHS senior Rachel Johnson led all scorers with 31 points, including 19 after halftime. Sara Bailey marked six points, Mikayla Poling had five, while Lesley Small and Katie Bostic each had four points. Alicia Hornsby rounded out the Lady Rebels’ scoring with three points in the game.
Walker led all rebounders with 11 boards for GAHS, while Caldwell had nine and Curfman had eight. Barnes led the defense with seven steals, followed by Caldwell with five. Curfman and Kassie Shriver each had three steals in the triumph. Barnes also led the Blue Angels with two assists, followed by Curfman and Walker with one each.
Caitlyn VansCoy had 10 rebounds to pace SGHS, followed by Poling with eight and Johnson with six. Poling’s three steals led the Lady Rebels, followed by Bailey with two and Lexi Williamson with one. Lesley Small finished with a game-high seven assists, followed by Poling with four and Bailey with three.
Gallia Academy held a 37-to-35 edge in rebounding in the game and a 10-to-26 turnover advantage.GAHS was whistled for 14 fouls, while SGHS committed 18. Lesley Small and Caitlyn VansCoy both fouled out for the Lady Rebels.
These teams could meet again during the South Gallia Lady Holiday Tournament at SGHS December 28 and January 2nd.