LOGAN, Ohio — A tough night for the Blue Angels.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team never led while shooting just 27 percent from the field Thursday night during a 69-45 setback to Sheridan in a Division II sectional semifinal at Jim Myers Gymnasium on the campus of Logan High School.
The seventh-seeded Blue Angels (9-13) tied things up at two-all a little over a minute into regulation, but the second-seeded Lady Generals (14-9) countered with a 13-5 run over the final 6:16 of the opening period — giving the hosts a 15-7 edge after eight minutes of play.
GAHS was never closer the rest of the way, as Sheridan went on a 6-0 run in the opening three minutes of the second canto to secure a permanent double-digit lead at 21-7. The guests answered with a small 5-2 spurt to close back to within 23-12 with 3:40 left, but SHS closed the half with a 6-4 run to secure a 29-16 advantage at the break.
Sheridan hit 12-of-28 field goal attempts and committed four turnovers in the opening 16 minutes, while the Blue Angels were 7-of-32 overall from the field while committing six miscues. GAHS outrebounded the hosts by a 19-16 overall margin at the break, including a 7-3 edge on the offensive glass.
The Lady Generals forced eight turnovers in the third stanza, which aided in a 24-13 charge en route to a 53-29 lead headed into the finale. Both teams scored 16 points apiece down the stretch, wrapping up the 24-point outcome.
Sheridan’s largest lead of the night was 27 points, which came on four different occasions in the fourth quarter — the last of which was at 68-41 with 1:29 remaining. A Baylee Thomas trifecta at the 6:49 mark of the first period gave SHS a pemanent lead at 5-2.
The Blue Angels were outrebounded by a 45-34 overall margin, which included a 15-11 deficit on the offensive glass. The guests also committed 19 turnovers in the setback, two more than Sheridan.
The Lady Generals advance to the 2:45 p.m. sectional final Saturday, where they will face third-seeded Vinton County — who picked up a 60-41 win over Fairfield Union in the second semifinal at LHS Thursday night.
Gallia Academy made 17-of-64 shot attempts overall, including a 2-of-18 effort from three-point range for 11 percent. The guests were also 9-of-15 from the free throw line for 60 percent.
Micah Curfman led GAHS with a game-high 23 points, followed by Kendra Barnes and Kassie Shriver with eight markers apiece. Makenzie Barr and Jalea Caldwell rounded out the respective tally with four and two points.
Sheridan was 23-of-54 from the field for 43 percent, which included a 1-of-7 effort from behind the arc for 14 percent. The hosts were also 22-of-32 from the charity stripe for 69 percent.
Taylor Gittings paced SHS with 19 points, followed by Donna Swinehart with 10 points and Morgan Householder with nine markers. The Lady Generals had 11 different players reach the scoring column during the triumph.
The season may not be over for Gallia Academy’s lone senior Kassie Shriver, as the Blue Angels are still trying to reschedule a non-conference game with River Valley.