CENTENARY, Ohio — Forcing turnovers and converting on free throw attempts is one of the best recipes for success.
The Warren Girls basketball team forced 30 turnovers, while shooting 67 percent from the charity stripe Friday night, as the Lady Warriors took the 51-38 victory over host Gallia Academy in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League opener.
The Blue Angels (1-1, 0-1 SEOAL) coughed up the ball 11 times in the opening stanza, allowing Warren (2-0, 1-0 SEOAL) to jump out to a 14-6 lead through one quarter.
Warren opened the second period with a 7-0 run but GAHS answered with a 5-3 spurt. WHS scored six consecutive points to end the half with the 30-11 lead.
A slow paced third period ended with WHS increasing its lead to 41-17 with eight minutes to play. The Lady Warriors increased their lead by one in the first 1:30 of the fourth period but GAHS got its offense rolling with a 14-0 run. WHS ended the game with a 6-4 spurt and took the 51-38 victory.
Micah Curfman led the Blue Angels with 18 points, including four triples. Kassie Shriver and Makenzie Barr each finished with six points each Whitney Terry had four, while Kendra Barnes and Jordan Walker each had two.
The GAHS rebounding attack was paced by Kassie Shriver with seven, followed by Curfman with six boards and Walker with five. Curfman paced the defense with seven steals, while Jalea Caldwell had three and Kassie Shriver had two.
The Blue Angels pulled down 32 rebounds and shot 15-of-40 (37.5 percent). GAHS was 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) from three point range and 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) from the free throw line. Gallia Academy committed 30 total turnovers in the game, only one of which came in the fourth quarter.
Victoria Buzzard led the Lady Warriors with 20 points, followed by Josey Riffle with 10 and Taylor Foy with six. Kendra Lynch and Sarah Proctor each had four points, Kate Ryan marked three, while Adrienne and Audrey Bowe each added two.
Buzzard and Riffle each had seven rebounds to lead WHS, while Proctor led the defense with four steals. The Lady Warriors shot 17-of-43 (39.5 percent) from the field and 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line. Warren had 20 turnovers, and 27 rebounds, while shooting 3-of-9 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
GAHS will have its shot at revenge when it visits Warren on January 11th.