WILLOW WOOD, Ohio — A 15-8 fourth quarter surge allowed host Symmes Valley to wrap up Senior Night in style Tuesday with a 58-51 victory over the South Gallia boys basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The visiting Rebels (5-15) overcame a 10-point halftime deficit and managed to knot things up at 43-all headed into the finale, but the Vikings (11-9) held SGHS to just three field goals and a pair of free throws over the final eight minutes of play en route to the seven-point triumph.
The win allowed SVHS to secure a season sweep of the Rebels after posting a 51-44 win in Mercerville back on December 28. The Vikings are also coached by Donald Saunders, who is in his first season with the squad after spending eight years at the helm of the South Gallia program.
Both teams were tied at 10 after eight minutes of play, but the hosts used a 20-10 second quarter charge to secure a 30-20 edge at the intermission. The Rebels responded with a 23-13 surge of their own in the third canto, which knotted things up at 43-all entering the fourth.
Ten of South Gallia’s 18 field goal came from behind the arc, and the guests were also 5-of-13 at the free throw line for 38 percent — including a 2-of-7 performance after the opening canto. The Rebels have now dropped five straight decisions overall.
Kody Lambert and Brayden Greer each led SGHS with 15 points, followed by Ethan Swain with 12 points and Landon Hutchinson with six markers. Mikey Wheeler rounded out the scoring with three markers.
Dylan Malone and D.J. Miller both paced Symmes Valley with 10 points each, while Alec Harrell, Jonathan Kouns and Tyler Rowe all chipped in eight markers apiece. The hosts were 15-of-24 at the charity stripe for 63 percent, including an 8-of-11 effort in the second half.