CENTENARY, Ohio — It’s not about style points, just the end result.
Despite committing 29 turnovers and giving up 30 extra shot attempts, the Gallia Academy girls basketball team made the most of its opportunities Saturday afternoon during a 51-44 victory over visiting Logan in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League matchup in Gallia County.
The host Blue Angels (5-11, 2-5 SEOAL) shot 48 percent overall from the field and outscored the Lady Chieftains (6-8, 4-3) in each of the opening three periods en route to establishing a sizable 16-point advantage headed into the finale.
Logan — which shot just 25 percent from the floor — outscored GAHS 22-13 down the stretch, but only pulled to within single digits after Taylor Myers drilled a trifecta at the buzzer to wrap up the seven-point outcome.
The Blue Angels led 10-8 after eight minutes of play, then used a 17-9 second quarter surge to establish a 27-17 lead at the break. The hosts extended their lead out to 31-19 at the 5:46 mark of the third canto, and Gallia Academy maintained a double-digit edge until the final basket by Myers.
Gallia Academy finished the third period with a 7-3 spurt for a 38-22 cushion, then scored the opening basket of the finale for its biggest lead of the night of 18 points. The hosts were also ahead 48-31 with 2:18 left in regulation before LHS closed the game with a 13-3 charge.
GAHS — which snapped a five-game losing skid — avenged a 61-39 league setback at Jim Myers Gymnasium back on December 15 in Logan. The Blue Angels also outrebounded the guests by a 45-36 margin and forced 14 turnovers in the triumph.
Gallia Academy was 15-of-31 overall from the field, including a 4-of-8 effort from three-point range for 50 percent. The hosts were also 17-of-27 at the free throw line for 63 percent.
Chelsy Slone led GAHS with a game-high 21 points, followed by Micah Curfman with 15 points and Kendra Barnes with 13 markers. Hannah Loveday rounded out the scoring with two points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Slone also hauled in nine caroms, while Abby Wiseman dished out a team-best three assists.
The Lady Chieftains sank 15-of-61 shot attempts, including a 2-of-16 effort from three-point range for 13 percent. LHS was also 12-of-23 at the charity stripe for 52 percent.
Taylor Myers paced Logan with 18 points, followed by Ashley Frasure with nine points and Abbie Hughes with six markers.