CENTENARY, Ohio — It’s always nice to get off to a fast start, but you have to have something to follow it up with.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team led Ohio Valley Conference guest Rock Hill 13-to-8 eight minutes into play, on Thursday night in Gallia County. However, the Redwomen outscored GAHS 55-to-22 over the rest of the game, as Rock Hill took the victory by a 63-35 final.
The Blue Angels’ (2-2, 0-2 OVC) five-point lead quickly vanished, as Rock Hill (3-1, 1-1) used a 17-to-8 second quarter run to take a four-point advantage into halftime.
GAHS was outscored 18-to-5 in the third quarter, as RHHS pushed its lead to 43-26. The Redwomen closed the game with a 20-9 run, sealing their first conference win of the year by a 63-35 margin.
GAHS senior Adrienne Jenkins sank the Blue Angels’ lone trifecta and led the hosts with 17 points, 14 of which came before halftime. Carly Shriver and Alex Barnes both scored six points for the Blue and White, Hunter Copley added four points, while Kimberly Edelmann rounded out the team total with two points.
The Blue Angels made just 6-of-14 free throw attempts, equaling 42.9 percent. Meanwhile, Rock Hill was 6-of-10 from the stripe for 60 percent.
Rock Hill — which connected on seven three-pointers in the win — was led by Anna Darby 17 points, and Jill Hairston with 14. Kyleigh Noel scored 10 points, Maddie Scott and Taylor Hall both added seven, while Maykayla Scott and Caitlynn Meadows rounded out the Red and White scoring with six and two points respectively.
Gallia Academy will get a second chance at RHHS, when the Blue Angels visit Pedro on January 23.
GAHS will try to snap its two-game skid on Monday, when it travels to Ironton. Rock Hill will play host to Chesapeake on Monday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.