MERCERVILLE, Ohio — Now that’s getting back up on the horse.
After having its three-game winning streak snapped Monday, the South Gallia girls basketball team posted a season high in points Thursday evening following a 64-37 victory over visiting Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Rebels (8-6, 5-5 TVC Hocking) had nine players reach the scoring column while also picking up a season sweep of the Lady Falcons. South Gallia claimed a 64-37 decision in the previous matchup at MHS back on December 5.
SGHS led by as many as 10 points (17-7) early on before claiming a 17-9 lead after eight minutes of play, then Miller (3-10, 2-7) trimmed its lead down to six after a Ali Bray basket just 10 seconds into the second canto. The guests, however, never came closer the rest of the way.
The Lady Rebels reeled off 18 consecutive points and led 35-11 following a Rachel Johnson basket with 2:48 remaining in the period. SGHS closed the half with a small 5-3 spurt, giving the hosts a comfortable 40-14 cushion at the break.
MiKayla Poling capped an 8-3 run to start the third canto, which allowed South Gallia to claim its biggest lead of the night with 4:46 left at 48-17. The Lady Falcons, however, responded with a 9-6 run to close the period, making it a 54-26 contest headed into the finale.
SGHS sat its starters in the fourth, but Miller only managed to win the fourth by a slim 11-10 margin — wrapping up the 27-point outcome. The loss was the third straight for Miller and second in 24 hours after dropping a 62-53 decision to Millersport Wednesday evening.
Rachel Johnson led the Lady Rebels with a game-high 26 points, followed by MiKayla Poling with 14 markers. The senior-sophomore duo also scored their 40 points through three quarters of play each. Sara Bailey was next with eight points, while Ashley Northup and Kelsey Corbin respectively contributed six and four markers.
Lexi Williamson and Lesley Small each chipped in two points, while Caitlyn Vanscoy and Katie Bostic rounded things out with a point apiece. SGHS was 8-of-16 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Janae Dutiel paced Miller with 11 points, followed by Jacy Dutiel with nine points and Ali Bray with eight markers. MHS made just 4-of-17 charity tosses for 24 percent.