Vikings turn back Lady Rebels

By Paul Boggs -

WILLOW WOOD, Ohio — This time, the Lady Rebels got their game with Symmes Valley completed.

Unfortunately for visiting South Gallia, the outcome wasn’t what it wanted.

That’s because the Lady Rebels, in scoring in only single digits in the opening three quarters, lost 49-28 to the Vikings on Wednesday night in a non-league girls basketball tilt.

Already playing its third game in five nights, part of five scheduled bouts in eight days, South Gallia got outscored 12-4 in each of the first two periods.

The Vikings then vanquished the Lady Rebels 20-6 in the third frame, staking an insurmountable 44-14 advantage.

In the final stanza, Symmes Valley emptied its bench — and South Gallia engaged its full-court pressure defense to outscore the Vikings 14-5.

With the loss, the Rebels fell to 2-8 — as the first contest between these two teams on Nov. 30 got stopped.

That was due to a power outage at South Gallia High School, with the Vikings leading 29-10 only two minutes into the second half.

There has been no official word on whether that matchup will be completed — or just declared a no-contest.

The Vikings, with the win, raised their record to 8-4.

Kiley Stapleton, on five total field goals including the team’s two threes, scored a dozen points to pace the Lady Rebels.

Christine Griffith, on two baskets, and Erin Evans — on a bucket and two free throws — each added four.

Olivia Hornsby and Aaliyah Howell had a field goal and free throw apiece, while Amaya Howell had two foul shots.

Jensyn Shepherd had a strong double-double for the Vikings, amassing a game-high 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Shepherd, Sierra Ross (10 points) and Peyton Walsh (nine points) wound up with four field goals apiece, as Shepherd hit 5-of-6 free throws — while Walsh and Ross rained in a three.

Walsh also ripped down 11 rebounds, and dished out six assists.

The Vikings held a 19-10 advantage in total field goals.

The Rebels return home, and return to non-league action, on Saturday when they host River Valley.

Tipoff time for the reserve game is set for noon.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs