MERCERVILLE, Ohio — Protecting home court.
For the second consecutive year the South Gallia girls basketball team will be playing in the finals of the Lady Rebel Holiday Tournament at SGHS. The Lady Rebels clinched their spot in the championship game with a 57-18 victory over Ohio Valley Christian on Saturday.
After three scoreless minutes of play the Lady Rebels (5-5) struck first but OVCS (3-7) answered to tie the game at two. SGHS scored 14 unanswered points to end the first quarter with a 16-2 lead. South Gallia kept it going expanding the lead to 31-8 at half and 38-12 by the end of the third. The Lady Rebels marked 19 in the fourth quarter to claim the 57-18 victory.
Rachel Johnson led the victors with 16 points, followed by Sara Bailey with 11 and Katie Bostic with nine. Mikayla Polinig had seven points, Ashley Northup marked five, while Lesley Small and Caitlyn VansCoy each had four. Lexi Williamson rounded out the SGHS total with one point.
South Gallia pulled down 42 team rebounds, led by VansCoy with 13 and Johnson with six. Northup paced SGHS with three assists in the win.
The Lady Defenders were led by Rachel Sargent with five points and Emily Carman with four. Bekah Sargent, Sarah Schoonover and Cassandra Hutchinson each marked three points in the setback.
Carman had six of the team’s 25 rebounds, followed by Rachel Sargent and Hutchinson with five each. Schoonover and Teah Elliott each had an assist in the game.
SGHS will advance to the championship game to face Gallia Academy for the second year in a row. OVCS will play Meigs in the consolation game.