WATERFORD, Ohio — After starting the season with a 5-1 record, the South Gallia boys basketball team dropped its fourth straight decision Friday night following a 45-39 setback to host Waterford in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.
The visiting Rebels (5-5, 4-2 TVC Hocking) stormed out to a 13-6 advantage after eight minutes of play, but the Wildcats countered with a 14-6 second quarter surge to secure a narrow 20-19 edge at the intermission.
SGHS answered with an 11-8 third quarter run to recapture the lead at 30-28 headed into the finale, but Waterford closed regulation with a 17-9 charge to complete its rally bid with the six-point decision.
The Wildcats (8-3, 7-1) forced 21 Rebel turnovers while committing just 14 themselves and also claimed a slight 31-29 edge on the boards. SGHS netted 18-of-50 field goal attempts for 36 percent, while the host sank 16-of-50 shots for 32 percent overall.
The Rebels, who were without leading scorer Brayden Greer, were led by Ethan Spurlock with 12 points. Landon Hutchinson was next with eight markers, while Mikey Wheeler and Ethan Swain chipped in seven points apiece in the losing effort.
Devin Lucas and Jared Calhoun rounded out the respective scoring with three and two points. South Gallia finished the game just 1-of-3 at the free throw line for 33 percent.
Tryston Crawford paced WHS with a game-high 15 points, followed by Wyatt Porter with nine points and Cody Paxton with eight markers. The hosts — who snapped a two-game losing skid — were 13-of-20 at the charity stripe for 65 percent.