Blue Angels fall to Symmes Valley

By Paul Boggs -

CENTENARY, Ohio — So far, Lawrence County has been quite unkind to the Gallia Academy Blue Angels.

That’s because, for the fifth consecutive contest, the Blue Angels lost to a Lawrence County club — as visiting Symmes Valley vanquished Gallia Academy 59-44 on Monday night in a non-league girls basketball tilt.

For the Blue Angels, which opened the season with two non-league wins, they have now dropped five in a row — the first four coming in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Gallia Academy is now 2-5, while Symmes Valley raised its record to 6-3.

The Vikings outscored the Blue Angels 16-13 in the opening quarter, and maintained a slim 30-25 advantage at halftime.

The Blue Angels inched into the Vikings’ lead (39-36) following three periods, but Symmes Valley erupted for 20 fourth-quarter points — compared to the Blue Angels’ eight.

For the Vikings, different players took over the game at different junctures.

Jensyn Shepherd, on 12 total field goals, poured in a game-high 25 points — but bucketed a dozen in the first quarter and eight more in the second.

Then, after Sierra Ross recorded seven of her eight markers in the third frame, Payton Walsh went off for three of her four three-pointers in the fourth.

Walsh, with five total field goals and 3-of-4 free throws, wound up with 17 points.

Ross and Rachel Hayes had the team’s other two treys.

The Vikings amassed 44 rebounds, paced by Shepherd with 14 and Walsh with 11.

Kaitlyn Crabtree, who had a field goal and two foul shots, dished out seven of the club’s 12 assists — and made six steals while Walsh stole five.

Both Crabtree and Shepherd blocked three shots apiece.

For the Blue Angels, Hunter Copley canned all four of the squads’s trifectas for a team-high 16 points, as she scored five in the first period and six more in the second.

Adrienne Jenkins, on five field goals for 10 points, posted six third-period points.

Alex Barnes bagged three field goals and 2-of-2 free throws for eight points, Carly Shriver sank two field goals and 2-of-4 free throws for six, and Abby Unroe added two field goals for four.

The Vikings held a 23-18 advantage in total field goals.

Gallia Academy returns home, and returns to non-league action, on Thursday night against Jackson.

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

By Paul Boggs