CENTENARY, Ohio — The wait was worth it.
South Gallia and Gallia Academy battled through five ties, 15 lead changes and one overtime session Tuesday night in their first-ever girls basketball meeting, but Jasmyne Johnson nailed a three-pointer with two seconds left to give the visiting Lady Rebels a 48-46 victory over GAHS in a non-conference matchup between Gallia County programs.
The Lady Rebels (1-0) led 12-9 after eight minutes of play and were also ahead 25-23 at the intermission of their season opener, but the Blue Angels (0-2) countered with an 11-4 charge that allowed the Blue and White to take a 34-29 edge headed into the fourth quarter of their home opener.
SGHS retaliated with six straight points to start the fourth for a 35-34 advantage, but Gallia Academy countered with a small 3-0 spurt to regain control of the lead at 37-35 with 4:12 left in regulation.
GAHS starters Heather Ward and Mattie Lanham both committed their fifth fouls of the game with over a minute left in the fourth, which allowed the Lady Rebels to make a pair of free throws for a 37-all tie — which sent the game into overtime.
South Gallia opened the extra session with a 7-3 run for a 44-40 cushion with 1:48 remaining, but the hosts countered with a 5-1 surge that knotted the overtime period at 45 with 40 seconds remaining.
Kendra Barnes gave Gallia Academy its final lead of the night with 9.7 seconds left, as the freshman sank one of two free throws for a 46-45 edge — which led to a SGHS timeout.
The Lady Rebels dribbled the length of the floor and kicked the ball out to the left wing, where Johnson received the pass. After briefly looking inside for a better shot opportunity, Johnson let the game-winning trifecta fly — and the ball hit nothing but net with two seconds left on the clock.
Gallia Academy, because of the running clock when the ball went in, did not have a chance to get a shot off — allowing the Lady Rebels to sneak away with the victory. Johnson’s three-pointer was also her only points in the game.
Both teams struggled at the free throw line, as South Gallia went 12-of-26 for 46 percent while Gallia Academy made just 9-of-27 charity tosses for 33 percent. GAHS outrebounded the guests by a 34-23 margin and also committed 20 turnovers in the setback, one less than the Lady Rebels.
Chandra Canaday paced the victors with a game-high 22 points, followed by Ellie Bostic with 10 points and Meghan Caldwell with eight markers. Lesley Small and Johnson respectively added four and three points, while Tori Duncan wrapped up the scoring with one marker.
Canaday and Caldwell each hauled in a team-best six rebounds, while Duncan added a game-high six assists.
Heather Ward led GAHS with 14 points, followed by Ciera Jackson and Mattie Lanham with 10 markers apiece. Halley Barnes contributed five points, while Chelsea Sloan and Brittany Lloyd added respective totals of three and two points.
Kendra Barnes and Jessica Dotson rounded out the scoring with one point each. Jackson posted game-highs of nine rebounds and five steals in the setback.
South Gallia’s biggest lead of the night was seven points, which came at the 7:02 mark of the second quarter at 16-9. The Blue Angels were up as many as five points (34-29) at the end of the third canto.
Gallia Academy salvaged an evening split with a 40-19 victory in the junior varsity contest.
Both teams return to action Thursday, as Gallia Academy hosts River Valley and South Gallia travels to Southern. Both games will tip-off at 6 p.m.
South Gallia 48, Gallia Academy 46
SG 12-13-4-8-11 — 48
GA 9-14-11-3-9 — 46
SOUTH GALLIA (1-0): Ellie Bostic 3 4-9 10, Tori Duncan 0 1-2 1, Lesley Small 2 0-5 4, Chandra Canaday 7 5-6 22, Meghan Caldwell 3 2-2 8, Jasmyne Johnson 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 16 12-26 48. Three-point goals: 4 (Canaday 3, Johnson).
GALLIA ACADEMY (0-2): Abby Wiseman 0 0-0 0, Heather Ward 7 0-0 14, Ciera Jackson 3 4-5 10, Brittany Lloyd 1 0-4 2, Halley Barnes 2 1-4 5, Mattie Lanham 4 1-3 10, Kendra Barnes 0 1-3 1, Violet Pelfrey 0 0-5 0, Chelsea Sloan 1 1-1 3, Jessica Dotson 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 18 9-27 46. Three-point goals: 1 (Lanham).