MERCERVILLE, Ohio — Monday night, the Lady Rebels (11-3, 7-3 TVC Hocking) snapped their five-game losing streak to Eastern with a thrilling 52-51 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory. For the Lady Rebels this is their seventh straight victory. The Lady Eagles who started out only dropping one of their first 10 contest have now lost three straight.
Eastern started the game off with a three-minute 10-2 run led by Jenna Burdette, who had six points in the period. Not to be outdone, South Gallia’s Chandra Canaday also scored six of her team’s 10 points in the quarter. EHS was ahead going into the second quarter, 14-10.
SGHS fought back in the second period using it’s press defense to force turnovers, ad at the 3:10 mark was able to take it’s first lead of the game, 22-21. Eastern and South Gallia traded baskets toward the end of the half and the home team would have the lead at the break, 29-27.
The Lady Rebels went 12-of-16 from the free throw line in the first half. Eastern’s Burdette had 16 of her team’s 27 points in the first half.
The second half started back and forth between the two teams. Eastern kept pace with the Red and Gold in the quarter both teams scoring 15 points. SGHS was led in the quarter by Meghan Caldwell with six.
EHS started the fourth quarter down two and would try to use its defense to take the lead. Eastern would hold the lead for six minutes in the final period until Caldwell hit a field goal with 17 seconds left to give SGHS a one-point lead, 52-51.
Eastern had a chance to tie and take the lead when they missed the front end of a one and bonus. South Gallia avenged its previous loss to the Lady Eagles this season when Eastern beat them 81-36.
South Gallia’s scoring was led on the evening by Canaday and Caldwell, who each had 15 points. Lesley Small finished with seven points, Rachel Johnson had six, Jasmyne Johnson had five, and Ellie Bostic rounded out the SGHS scoring with four.
Eastern’s only player in double figures was Burdette who finished with 23. Katie Keller scored eight, Erin Swatzel and Jordan Parker had six each, Maddie Rigsby finished with five, Kelsey Meyers had two, and Hayley Gillian finished with one.
The last time the Lady Eagles lost to South Gallia was December 22, 2008. SGHS went to Eastern that night and left with a 52-50 victory.
Eastern’s next game is Thursday against fellow TVC Hocking member Miller. South Gallia’s next game is Thursday at TVC Hocking foe Wahama. Both games will start at 6 p.m.
South Gallia 52, Eastern 51
EHS 14-13-15-9 — 51
SGHS 10-19-15-8 — 52
EASTERN (9-4, 9-3 TVC Hocking): Brenna Holter 0 0-2 0, Jenna Burdette 9 3-5 23, Hayley Gillian 0 2-1 1, Erin Swatzel 2 2-4 6, Jordan Parker 2 1-2 6, Kelsey Meyers 1 0-0 2, Katie Keller 4 0-0 8,Savannah Hawley 0 0-0 0, Maddie Rigsby 2 1-2 5, Gabby Hendrix 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20 8-17 51. Three-point goals: three (Burdette 2, Parker). Turnovers: 17
SOUTH GALLIA (11-3, 7-3 TVC Hocking): Ellie Bostic 1 2-2 4, Lesley Small 2 2-4 7, Chandra Canaday 4 7-10 15, Meghan Caldwell 6 3-5 15, Caitlin Watson 0 0-0 0, Rachel Johnson 2 2-5 6, Jasmyne Johnson 2 1-2 5. TOTALS: 17 17-28 52. Three-point goals: one (Small). Turnovers: 17