MERCERVILLE, Ohio — Who needs the first quarter anyway.
The South Gallia girls basketball didn’t score in the first quarter of the Monday night’s Lady Rebel Holiday Tournament championship game against Gallia Academy. The Lady Rebels marked 46 points over the next three quarters to take the 16-point victory.
The Blue Angels (6-9) led 6-0 after the first quarter of play, forcing seven SGHS (10-6) turnovers in the opening stanza. The teams shot a combined 2-of-23 (8.7 percent) in the period.
Gallia Academy clung to a 14-10 lead with two minutes remaining in the half but the Lady Rebels scored eight unanswered points to take the 18-14 lead into the break.
The Blue Angels cut South Gallia’s lead to one point headed into the fourth quarter but the Lady Rebels outscored GAHS 20-to-5 in the finale to seal their second straight SGHS Lady Rebel Holiday Tournament Championship and the 46-30 win.
Rachel Johnson led South Gallia with 17 points, followed by Mikayla Poling with 10 and Sara Bailey with nine. Lesley Small hit the Lady Rebels lone trifecta and finished with five points, while Ashley Northup had three and Caitlyn VansCoy added two.
SGHS was 14-of-45 (31.1 percent) from the field and 12-of-25 (48 percent) from the free throw line. The Lady Rebels as a team marked 49 rebounds, 14 steals, six assists, two blocks and 23 turnovers.
VansCoy led the Red and Gold with 16 rebounds, followed by Johnson with 12 and Poling with nine, while Small had game-high three assists. Bailey led the defense with five steals, followed by Poling with three, while Johnson had two blocks in the win.
The Blue Angels were led by Micah Curfman and Kendra Barnes with 10 points each, followed by Jalea Caldwell with four. Jamie Canfield and Jordan Walker each had two points, while Kassie Shriver and Carly Shriver each finished with one point.
GAHS shot 9-of-55 (16.4 percent) from the field and 9-of-15 (60 percent) from the free throw line. The Blue Angels as a team had 26 rebounds, 16 steals, six assists, one block and 19 turnovers.
Curfman paced the Blue and White with eight rebounds, followed by Caldwell with five, while Walker had the lone block. Curfman had a team-best three assists, while Kassie Shriver added two. Caldwell’s eight steals was a game-high, followed by Curfman with five.
The Lady Rebels also defeated GAHS in the finals of last year’s SGHS Lady Rebel Holiday Tournament. Gallia Academy had defeated SGHS once this season, on November 25 in Centenary.