BELPRE, Ohio — It all came down to the fourth quarter.
The South Gallia girls basketball team was deadlocked at 42 with Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Belpre heading into the fourth period of Thursday night’s matchup in Washington County. The Lady Golden Eagles outscored SGHS 20-to-14 in the final quarter to take the 62-56 victory.
Belpre (7-1, 4-1 TVC Hocking) took the 17-10 lead throught the first eight minute of play but the Lady Rebels (4-4, 2-3) answered and led 28-25 at the midway point. The Lady Golden Eagles rallied to tie the game at 42 heading into the finale and with a 20-to-14 fourth quarter took the 62-56 victory.
South Gallia’s scoring output was paced by Mikayla Poling with 19 points and Sara Bailey with 14. Rachel Johnson marked 12 points, Ashley Northup had five, Lesley Small added three, Caitlyn VansCoy chipped in with two, while Katie Bostic rounded out the Lady Rebels scoring with one point.
Poling connected on a trio of three pointer to lead SGHS, while Small and Bailey each hit one. South Gallia was 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from the free throw line in the setback.
Sierra Barker led the Lady Golden Eagles with 22 points, followed by Katelyn Hughes with 18 and Hannah Lawrentz with eight. Lexus Cunningham had six points, Cheyenne Barker had five, while Jackie Cunningham rounded out the BHS scoring with three points.
Hughes hit a trio of three-pointers, Sierra Barker had two, while Lexus Cunningham had one. Belpre shot 20-of-32 (62.5 percent) from the free throw line in the win.
These teams will meet again on January 27, in Mercerville.