CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Sometimes a good start can be all it takes.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team outscored non-conference host Chesapeake 24-to-9 in the first half of Saturday’s matchup in Lawrence County. The Blue Angels held on to win 41-37, improving to 5-4 in non-SEOAL play.
The Lady Panthers (8-7) fell behind 11-to-6 in the first quarter and GAHS (6-8) extended the lead to 15 points at halftime with a 13-3 run in the second quarter.
Chesapeake got back in the game by scoring 12 points in the third quarter and 16 in the fourth, but GAHS marked 17 points in the second half to hold on for the 41-37 triumph.
Kendra Barnes led the Blue Angels with 17 points, followed by Kassie Shriver with 11 and Micah Curfman with seven. Jalea Caldwell marked four points, while Whitney Terry had two, rounding out the GAHS total.
The Lady Panthers were paced by Jordan Porter with 20 points, 17 of which came after halftime. Sydnee Hall had 11 points and Kaylee Curry marked six to cap off the CHS effort.
The Blue Angels lost to Chesapeake 53-42 on December 7, as part of the Rio Grande Classic.