POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Saving the best for last.
The Point Pleasant girls basketball team only scored 23 points through the first 24 minutes of Tuesday night’s game against Gallia Acadmey. The Lady Knights equaled their 24 minute total in the final period as they rallied back to defeat the Blue Angels 46-44 in Mason County.
Gallia Academy (5-12) came out of the gates hot, scoring 11 points in the opening period. The Lady Knights (5-10) were held without a field goal in the first quarter nut scored three points on free throws. GAHS extended its lead to double digits after out scoring Point Pleasant 13-to-10 in the second canto. The Blue Angels held a 24-13 halftime advantage.
Following the break the Lady Knights scored 10 points for the second consecutive period. The Gallia Academy offense struggled in the the third, amassing just six points in the quarter.
The seven-point lead GAHS began the final period with vanished and at the 1:58 Point Pleasant took its first lead since 1-0. The Blue Angels regained the lead just before the one minute mark but a PPHS three-pointer gave the advantage back to the Lady Knights. Point Pleasant held on to take the game 46-44, making it back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
“It’s nice to get a win over Gallia Academy,” said Point Pleasant coach John Fields. “What’s even nicer is that we came back from 12 or 13 down to get the W.”
Andrea Porter led PPHS with 17 points on the night, putting her just 12 away from the career 1,000 point mark. Sarah Hussell scored 14 points, all of which came after halftime, while Allison Smith notched five. Mackenzie Thomas, Katie Bruner and Cassie Nibert each scored three points, while Cassie Adkins marked one to round out the PPHS scoring.
Point Pleasant was 9-of-21 from the free throw line for 42.9 percent. The Lady Knights committed 14 turnovers in the game. Hussell led the charge from beyond the arc with four three-pointers in the game, while Porter, Thomas and Nibert each had one.
“We did a lot of things right,” Gallia Academy coach Renee Barnes said. “In the end it’s silly misteaks that can give you the win or the loss and tonight it gave us the loss.”
The Blue Angels were led by the sophomore duo of Micah Curfman with 15 points and Chelsy Slone with 13. Abby Wiseman had nine points in the game, while Hannah Loveday marked four and Kendra Barnes had three.
GAHS was 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) from the free throw line and 16-of-50 (32 percent) from the field, including 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from beyond the arc. Curfman accounted for two of the Gallia Academy three’s while Kendra Barnes had the other.
Gallia Academy had 30 rebounds in the game, led by Loveday with eight, followed by Curfman and Slone with six apiece. The Blue Angels assisted on 10 baskets, led by Kendra Barnes and Halley Barnes with three dimes each. Kendra Barnes also led the GAHS defense with three of the teams eight steals.
This marks the lone meeting between PPHS and Gallia Academy this season.