CHESAPEAKE, Ohio —Host Chesapeake led wire-to-wire and shot 56 percent from the field during a 69-35 victory over the Gallia Academy boys basketball team Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The visiting Blue Devils (1-5) trailed 18-6 after eight minutes of play, then the Panthers (4-2) followed with a small 14-10 run in the second canto to establish a 32-16 lead at the intermission.
CHS made another big charge in the third period, as the hosts went on a 23-11 surge to claim a comfortable 55-27 cushion headed into the finale. Chesapeake closed out regulation with a 14-8 run to wrap up the 34-point triumph.
GAHS — which dropped its fifth straight decision — connected on 13-of-37 field goal attempts for 35 percent and was also out rebounded by a 24-21 overall margin. The Panthers, conversely, sank 26-of-47 shot attempts and had nine different players reach the scoring column.
Wes Jarrell led the Blue Devils with eight points, followed by Justin Bailey with seven points and Jimmy Clagg with six markers. Alex White chipped in four points, Reid Eastman and Aaron Jackson each contributed three markers, and both Wade Jarrell and Nick Craft rounded out the scoring with two points apiece. GAHS was 7-of-10 at the free throw line for 70 percent.
Avon Thompson paced Chesapeake with a game-high 15 points, followed by Andy Saunders with 13 points and Nick Duffield with 12 markers. Caleb Lindsey and Caleb Heffner also chipped in 10 points apiece for the Panthers, who finished the night 11-of-17 at the charity stripe for 65 percent.