Hornets handle Blue Angels

By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com

COAL GROVE, Ohio —The Ohio Valley Conference continues to be unkind, so far, to the Gallia Academy Blue Angels.

That’s because the young Blue Angels, on Thursday night, fell 54-33 to the host Coal Grove Hornets in another OVC girls basketball tilt.

With the loss, Gallia Academy — after opening the season with two non-league wins — is now 2-4, but remains winless in the OVC in four tries.

Against Coal Grove (2-2 OVC), the Blue Angels only trailed 22-21 at halftime, thanks to outscoring the Hornets 11-8 in the second quarter.

Unfortunately for the Blue Angels, the second half was a completely different story.

The Hornets hammered the Blue and White in the final 16 minutes, scoring 16 points apiece in the final two periods — while Gallia Academy only amounted six in each frame.

In the third stanza, the only GAHS points came courtesy of a Hunter Copley three-pointer, an Adrienne Jenkins two-pointer, and a Jenelle Stevens free throw.

Jenkins scored another field goal in the final quarter, while Macey Siders scored two baskets for the Blue Angels.

Only five players posted points for Coal Grove, but all five scored at least seven points.

Emily Compliment paced all scorers with 16 points on seven total field goals and a free throw, while Destiny Dolen was right behind her with 15 points on five field goals and 5-of-6 free throws.

Lauren Crum, on four field goals including a three-ball, netted nine.

Bailey McKnight and Kasey Murphy managed seven points apiece on three field goals, as McKnight made a three along with Compliment — while Murphy made the team’s only other foul shot.

The Hornets held a decisive 22-13 advantage in total field goals.

The Blue Angels amassed five three-pointers in the game, including two by Alex Barnes towards a team-high 11 points.

All 11 of those markers came in the first half, as she also had two twos — and the club’s only other made foul shot.

Barnes, Copley and Kimberly Edelmann all bagged triples in the second quarter, as Barnes also had a two-point bucket in the canto.

Copley finished with eight points, as Carly Shriver scored a first-period basket.

The Blue Angels return home, and step out of conference action, on Monday night when they host Symmes Valley.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs