JACKSON, Ohio — A tale of two halves.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team trailed 39-to-16 at halftime of Saturday’s Southeastern Ohio Athletic League game at Jackson. The Blue Angels got things together in the second half but eventually fell to their archrival by a count of 62-44 in the Apple City.
GAHS (3-4, 0-2 SEOAL) trailed 15-to-4 after the opening quarter and Jackson (6-1, 2-0) added on in the second quarter with a 24-to-12 run. Gallia Academy scored 14 points in the third quarter but allowed 15 and trailed 54-30 headed into the finale. With the Ironlady subs in GAHS outscored JHS 14-to-8 in the fourth period. Jackson remains perfect in the SEOAL with a 62-44 victory.
Micah Curfman led the Blue and White with 13 points, followed by Kendra Barnes and Jordan Walker with six points apiece. Jalea Caldwell and Kassie Shriver each had five points, Whitney Terry marked four, while Brittany Angel had two in the setback.
Gallia Academy shot 15-of-50 (30 percent) from the field, 2-of-8 (25 percent) from three point range and 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) from the free throw line. GAHS had 41 rebounds, led by Caldwell with eight, three assists, led by Barnes with two, nine steals, led by Curfman with three, and three blocks, led by Terry with two. The Blue Angels committed 25 turnovers and 17 team fouls in the loss.
Jackson was led by Kacee Jenkins with 15 points and Madison Ridout with 11, followed by Whitney Wills with 10. Sam Humphreys, Kerrigan Hoover and Lauren Parks each had six points, while Corey Farley, Abby Waugh and Annie Speakman each had two points.
Jackson shot 23-of-69 (33.3 percent) from the field, 1-of-15 (6.7 percent) from three point range and 15-of-25 (60 percent) from the charity stripe. Jackson had 48 rebounds, led by Wills with 11, 14 assists, led by Speakman with four and 15 steals, led by Hoover with five. JHS committed 17 turnovers and 19 team fouls.
These teams will meet again on January 25 in Centenary.