RACINE, Ohio — The South Gallia girls basketball team jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead and never looked back Thursday night during a 51-22 victory over host Southern in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Charles W. Hayman Gymnasium.
The visiting Lady Rebels (2-0, 1-0 TVC Hocking) put together a pair of 15-point quarters in the first half, which allowed them to take a 30-10 halftime advantage over the Lady Tornadoes (0-2, 0-2). SGHS increased its lead to 47-15 with a 17-5 run in the third period, but Southern answered with a 7-4 spurt in the finale to wrap up the 29-point decision.
South Gallia had three players reach double figures, with Ellie Bostic and Meghan Caldwell leading the way with 12 points apiece. Chandra Canaday added 10 points to the winning cause, while Tori Duncan and Rachel Johnson respectively contributed six and five markers.
Lesley Small, Caitlin Watson and Alicia Hornsby rounded out the winning total with two points each. The Lady Rebels were 5-of-10 at the charity stripe for 50 percent.
Courtney Thomas paced SHS with six points, followed by Emily Ash with five markers and Angie Eynon with four points. Morgan McMillan, Jessica Riffle and Kelly Humphrey each contributed two points to the setback, while Celestia Hendrix rounded things out with one point. Southern made just 4-of-11 free throw attempts for 36 percent.
Both teams return to TVC Hocking action Monday at 6 p.m. South Gallia will host Federal Hocking in its home opener, while Southern makes its first road trip of the year to Trimble.