STEWART, Ohio — The skid continues.
The South Gallia boys basketball team dropped its fifth consecutive contest Friday night when the Rebels traveled to D.C. McInturf Gymnasium to face Federal Hocking. The Lancers had won five of the last six games coming into play and added another win by the count of 62-43.
A tightly contested first period left the Lancers (9-3, 7-1 TVC Hocking) with a two point lead over SGHS (3-9, 2-6) and 14-12. Federal Hocking put a 15-to-8 run together in the second quarter and held the nine point advantage at the half.
FHHS out scored the Rebels by four in the third period and entended the margin to 42-29. A 20-to-12 run over the final eight minutes sealed the victory for the league-leading Lancers, 62-43.
South Gallia’s offensive attack was led by Michael Wheeler with nine points, followed by Gus Slone and Brayden Greer with seven apiece. Landon Hutchinson and Kody Lambert each chipped in with six points, CJ Johnston added four, while Ethan Swain and Alex Stapleton rounded out the SGHS total with two apiece.
Greer finished with a game-high seven assists on the night, while Hutchinson led the game with 11 rebounds. South Gallia pulled down 26 rebounds but turned the ball over 20 times. SGHS shot 16-of-33 (48.5 percent) from the field including 4-of-12 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Lambert led the Rebels with two three-pointers while Greer and Wheeler accounted for the other two. South Gallia was 7-of-15 from the charity stripe, equaling 46.7 percent.
Federal Hocking was led by Alfy Nichols with 15 points and Shawn Parsons with 12. Max Carney contributed eight points, Pete Crum added seven, Terrance Mayle marked six, while Corey Rex and Jon Rose notched four each. Payton Seel finished with nine points, and Brendon Hart finished with a pair to round out the FHHS scoring.
Parsons led Federal Hocking with four assists, while Carney led the way with five rebounds and three blocks. The Lancers as a team pulled down 22 rebounds and committed just 13 turnovers in the game. The Maroon and Gold shot 19-of-42 (45.2 percent) from the field, 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from three point range and 19-of-28 (67.9 percent) from the free throw line in the game. Nichols rained in a trio of three-pointers for FHHS, while Parsons had the other.
The Lancers have now five TVC Hocking games in a row.
South Gallia will have one more shot at Federal Hocking this season, on February 8th when the Lancers come to Mercerville.