CENTENARY, Ohio — Taking care of the ball led to the Blue Angels to their second straight victory.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team committed just eight turnovers Wednesday night as they took the 57-55 victory over visiting River Valley.
The Lady Raiders (6-15) took the early lead after out scoring GAHS (7-14) 12-to-9 in the first period. The Blue Angels began the second quarter with a 9-to-2 run, but River Valley closed the half with a 11-to-6 run. The Silver and Black held a narrow 25-24 lead at the break.
The Blue and White out scored RVHS 17-to-9 in the third period and led by seven with one quarter remaining. RVHS cut the lead to just two points in the final period but the Blue Angels held on for the 57-55 victory.
“We keep trying to tell them we need to put four quarters together and we did that tonight,” Gallia Academy coach Renee Barnes said. “We played a good third quarter, a decent fourth quarter and we just put the whole game together and that’s why we ended up with the W. We play Chillicothe here Saturday and then tournaments, hopefully we’ll end on a win and they just roll right into tournaments.”
The Blue Angels were led by the duo of Micah Curfman and Kendra Barnes with 21 points apiece. Chelsy Slone marked seven points, while Abby Wiseman, Halley Barnes and Hannah Loveday each finished with two points.
Kendra Barnes and Halley Barnes each finished with seven rebounds to lead GAHS, while Curfman and Kendra Barnes finished with a team-high three assists each. The GAHS defense was paced by Kendra Barnes with three steals.
As a team Gallia Academy had 29 rebounds, four steals, seven assists, eight turnovers and 19 fouls. Slone was the lone Blue Angel to foul out. GAHS shot 16-of-21 (61.9 percent) from the free throw line and 20-of-53 (37.7 percent) from the field, including 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) from three point range. Curfman and Kendra Barnes each hit two triples of the victors.
“Our team played well tonight and we did a lot of good things,” River Valley coach Renee Gilmore said. ” We’ve grown as a team from the beginning of the year until now and we’ve blended together. At the end when we need a couple shots to fall they didn’t fall and they were falling a little bit better for Gallipolis than they did for us. Our team didn’t give up, they fought back and came within one basket of being able to tie of go ahead right at the very end. I’m proud of the way they played, I thought they hustled, passed the ball well and played good, hard defense.”
River Valley was led by Cady Gilmore with 16 points and Leia Moore with 13. Shelby Brown contributed a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Chelsea Copley had seven points, Courtney Smith add five, while Lindsey Canaday and Shalin Comer each had two.
Following Brown was Copley with four rebounds. Gilmore led RVHS with three assists and two steals. Gilmore, Brown, Moore and Rachael Smith each had one block for the Silver and Black.
The Lady Raiders as a unit had 25 rebounds, four blocks, five steals, 10 assists, 14 turnovers and 17 fouls. Gilmore was the lone Lady Raider to foul out.
RVHS shot 18-of-25 (72 percent) from the line and 17-of-44 (38.6 percent) from the field, including 3-of-11 (27.2 percent) from beyond the arc. Gilmore accounted for a pair of River Valley’s triples while Courtney Smith made the other.
Gallia Academy also defeated RVHS on November 29th in Bidwell, by a count of 53-45. The Blue Angels are 3-1 against Gallia County opponents this season.