ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — They say it’s difficult to defeat the same squad three times.
Well, don’t tell that to the Miller Lady Falcons.
That’s because, after the South Gallia Lady Rebels twice played the Lady Falcons close, Miller made sure Wednesday night’s round three wasn’t at all.
The Lady Falcons led for the final 30 minutes and 35 seconds, and rolled the Lady Rebels 67-20 in a Division IV girls basketball sectional semifinal at Meigs High School’s Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
South Gallia got on the board first — when Erin Evans splashed a three-pointer from the corner just 40 seconds in.
But, as Newfound Glory once sang, “it was all downhill from here.”
The Lady Falcons scored seven consecutive points to lead 7-3, and South Gallia’s only other points of the entire opening quarter were another Evans field goal at the 5:07 mark.
Miller then scored 11 unanswered to end the first period, and another Evans three to start the second stanza got South Gallia no closer (18-8) for the remainder of the night.
Another nine unanswered by Miller made it 27-8, as Olivia Hornsby had a free throw at the 3:20 point to stop another Lady Rebel scoring drought.
The Lady Rebels then got two free throws apiece by Amaya Howell and Kiley Stapleton, but Miller stood in command 34-13 at halftime.
The Lady Falcons only increased their advantage in the second half, outscoring South Gallia 14-5 in the third frame and 19-2 in the final canto.
The Lady Rebels’ only third-period points were a pair of Aaliyah Howell free throws, sandwiched around an Amaya Howell three-pointer at the 2:10 point.
Finally, South Gallia got its final points on an Evans basket with seven minutes remaining, but the Lady Falcons flew away for the final 19 markers — to advance to Saturday’s sectional championship.
With the win, Miller — the seventh-seed in the Meigs sectional — moves on to play second-seeded Eastern.
That sectional title tilt is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Meigs High School.
The young and senior-less Lady Rebels, which were swept by the Falcons in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division, conclude their season at 4-19.
Miller made 25 total field goals, including six treys, and meshed 11-of-14 free throws.
Ashley Spencer outscored South Gallia by herself, pouring in 22 points on eight total field goals and 3-of-4 foul shots.
Haille Joseph tossed in 14 points on six buckets and 2-of-4 free throws, while Lacey Alexander added 13 on four field goals and 2-of-2 freebies.
Both Spencer and Alexander drained three three-pointers apiece.
Askya McFann with eight points, Chloe Rine with six and Olivia Hauk with four rounded out the Purple and White scoring.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106