ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — It doesn’t always have to be pretty, just survive and advance.
The South Gallia girls basketball team earned a 42-37 sectional semi-final victory over Trimble, Wednesday night in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium, to advance to the Saturday’s sectional final.
South Gallia (13-8) hit a pair of three pointers in the opening stanza and took the 14-to-8 advantage. Both Trimble (2-18) and SGHS were held to six points in the second and the Lady Rebels took the 20-14 lead into the half.
The Lady Rebels began the second half with a 9-6 run, pushing the lead to nine points, but the Lady Tomcats rallied back to cut the lead to 29-28 with three minutes to play in the third quarter. South Gallia closed the third with back-to-back buckets and led 33-28 headed into the finale.
A trifecta by Trista Lackey and a two-pointer by Morgan Murphy pulled the Lady Tomcats even with South Gallia with six minutes remaining in regulation but the Lady Rebels held THS scoreless for the next three minutes and built their lead back to four points.
After Trimble cut the lead to one score near the three-minute mark SGHS scored five straight points to put the lead at seven with 30 seconds to play. THS scored as time expired but the Lady Rebels claimed the 42-37 victory and a spot in the sectional final.
South Gallia was led by Rachel Johnson with 17 points, followed by Mikayla Poling with nine and Sara Bailey with eight. Lexi Williamson, Lesley Small, Caitlyn VansCoy and Katie Bostic each had two points to cap off the SGHS scoring.
The Lady Rebels shot 19-of-53 (35.8 percent) from the field and 1-of-4 (25 percent) from the free throw line. The Red and Gold had 36 rebounds, 10 assists, nine steals and 18 turnovers.
Johnson led SGHS with nine rebounds, followed by Poling with seven and VansCoy with six. VansCoy had a team-high three assists, followed by Johnson and Bostic with two each. Poling led the SGHS defense with three steals, followed by Small with two.
Trimble was led by Morgan Murphy with 14 points, followed by Trista Lackey and Madi Moore with seven apiece. Kate Spencer had four points, Emily McKee marked three, while Tia Altier rounded out the THS scoring with two points.
The Red and Silver shot 16-of-45 (35.6 percent) from the field and 2-of-4 (50 percent) from the charity stripe. Trimble had 23 rebounds, four assists, nine steals, three blocks and 19 turnovers.
Altier led THS with eight rebounds, followed by Spencer with six. McKee and Altier each had two assists, while Moore anchored the defense three blocks. Lackey finished with four steals, followed by Murphy and Altier with two each.
Seventh seeded SGHS will face second seeded South Webster in the sectional final on Saturday at Meigs High School at 1 p.m. The last time SGHS met the Lady Jeeps was in the 2012 sectional final at Athens High School, where SWHS pulled the upset win by a count of 64-59.
Trimble also fell to South Gallia on January 11 in Glouster by a count of 42-28, but the Lady Tomcats will have their chance for revenge on February 20 when they visit Mercerville.
The Lady Rebels have now won at least one tournament in back-to-back years.