CENTENARY, Ohio — Playing three quarters isn’t enough, you have to play all four.
The Gallia Academy girls basketball team was held to just two points in the third period on Saturday, as Southeastern Ohio Athletic League guest Jackson took full advantage and rolled to a 49-35 victory.
The Blue Angels (2-12, 0-3 SEOAL) scored seven of the game’s first nine points, but the Ironladies (7-7, 1-2) answered with a 8-0 run to take a lead it never relinquished. Jackson’s 15-13 edge at the end of the first quarter, turned into a 32-24 lead at halftime.
JHS outscored the hosts 11-to-2 in the third period, pushing the advantage to 43-26 with eight minutes remaining in the game. Jackson’s lead grew to a game-high 19 points early in the final stanza and the Red and White cruised to the 49-35 victory.
GAHS junior Adrienne Jenkins — who scored the only Blue Angel points in the third canto — led the hosts with 12 points in the game. Jalea Caldwell and Hunter Copley both scored eight points in the setback, while Jordan Walker rounded out the Blue and White scoring with seven markers. The Blue Angels made just 2-of-8 (25 percent) free throw attempts, while Copley made the lone GAHS trifecta.
Rebekah Green led the Ironladies with 21 points, followed by Amelia Davis with 12 and Lauren Parks with six. Deb Hill scored four points in the win, while Ally Irwin, Marley Haynes and Elizabeth Fout each marked two points for Jackson. JHS sank six three-pointers in the win, while shooting 3-of-6 (50 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Blue Angels will try to even the season series with the Ironladies on February 6, in the Apple City.
Gallia Academy — which has now dropped four straight decisions — is schedule to return to action on Thursday, as the Blue Angels visit Coal Grove in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Lady Hornets suffered a 45-33 loss at GAHS on December 14.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.