CENTENARY, Ohio — Control the glass, control the game.
That was the case Wednesday night in Gallia County as the Blue Devils out rebounded visiting Eastern 36-to-22 en route to a 75-39 victory.
GAHS (4-5) began the game with a 12-to-2 run, forcing Eastern (1-7) to call a timeout at the 4:20 mark of the opening stanza. The Eagles out scored the Blue Devils by six over the remainder of the first and Gallia Academy held the 18-12 lead.
The Blue and White began the second period with a 7-to-2 run again forcing EHS to burn a timeout. The Eagles executed on offense after the timeout but their coach Corey Britton was hit with a technical foul giving momentum back to the hosts. Gallia Academy finished with the half with a 14-to-4 run and led by 19 at halftime.
EHS controlled the first four minutes of the second half, out scoring GAHS 8-to-4 but the Blue Devils answered back with a 15-to-3 run to end the third period. Gallia Academy led 58-31 headed into the finale.
The GAHS defense allowed just eight points in the final period, while the Blue Devils scored 17 capping off their third consecutive win, 75-39.
“We’re glad to get back on the floor, we played fairly well and got the victory here tonight,” Gallia Academy coach Tom Moore said after the game. “It’s three in a row but there are a lot more to be played, I hope Friday I can say it’s four in a row.”
The Blue Devils were led by senior Justin Bailey with 17 points and freshman Wes Jarrell with 13. Jimmy Clagg also hit double-figures for GAHS with 10 points, while Seth Atkins finished with seven. Cody Call, Aaron Jackson and Alex White each finished with six points, Nick Clagg and Jeremy Wilson chipped in with four, while Reid Eastman had two points to round out the Gallia Academy scoring.
Max Carnahan led the charge for Eastern with 18 points on the night, while Chase Cook and Kirk Pullins each finished with six. Troy Gantt finished with four points, Christian Speelman had three and Brent Welch finished with two points.
“I saw it coming two days away, we practice like we played tonight” Britton said after the loss. “We practiced with no effort, no intensity, no energy, no one care and it showed tonight.”
The Blue Devils held a 36-to-22 advantage on the glass, as well as a 12-to-22 advantage in turnovers. GAHS hit a trio of three-pointers on the night, Call with two and Atkins with the other, while Carnahan recorded Eastern’s only two threes. Gallia Academy was a woeful 4-of-16 (25 percent) from the charity stripe, while EHS was 3-of-8 (37.5 percent).
This is Eastern’s fourth consecutive loss and its worst of the season. Gallia Academy earned its third win in a row and it’s second biggest win of the year.
This is the lone meeting between these teams this season.