CENTENARY, Ohio — Can’t right the ship.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team lost it’s third game in a row Monday night when the South Point Lady Pointers took the 58-55 victory in Gallia County.
The Blue Angels (5-14) started the game hot on offense, as they scored 17 points in the opening period led by Kendra Barnes with 10. South Point trailed by five after scoring just 12 in the first period, but a 15-to-7 run in the second quarter gave the Lady Pointers the 27-24 halftime advantage.
South Point expanded its lead by two points in the in the third quarter and led 40-35 with eight minutes remaining. GAHS rallied for 20 points in the fourth period but the Lady Pointers scored 18 to seal the 58-55 victory.
Kendra Barnes led the way for Gallia Academy with 24 points, including four three-pointers. Micah Curfman hit one triple en route to 16 points, 11 of which came in the fourth period. Chelsy Slone marked eight points, Abby Wiseman added four and Halley Barnes notched two. Hannah Loveday had one point to round out the GAHS scoring.
Loveday led the rebounding attack for the Blue Angels with six, followed by Halley Barnes with five. Curfman’s five assists and five steals led GAHS, while Loveday had the only rejection for the hosts.
As a unit the Blue Angels had 24 rebounds, 13 assists, 13 steals and 19 turnovers. GAHS shot 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) from the free throw line and 21-of-53 (39.6 percent) from the field, including 5-of-10 (50 percent) from three point range.
Brett Justice led South Point with 24 points on the night, followed by Abbey Winkler with 12 and Aundrea Bradburn with eight. Lakin Adams chipped in with five points, Brianna Bacon marked four, Brianna Whaley added three and Haley Rawlings had two.Justice, Winkler, Whaley and Bradburn each drained one triple for the victors. SPHS was 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) from the free throw line.
The Blue Angels also fell to South Point on December 17th in Lawrence County by a count of 43-38. GAHS has lost three straight games now including a 55-33 loss to Jackson on Saturday.