CENTENARY, Ohio — Visiting Chesapeake overcame a one-point halftime deficit by shooting 50 percent from the field in the second half Monday night en route to a 47-35 victory over the Gallia Academy girls basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The host Blue Angels (4-11) led most of the first half, twice jumping out to five-point leads — the last of which came at 11-6 just 29 seconds into the second period. The Lady Panthers, however, responded with a 10-2 run over the next five-plus minutes to take their biggest lead of the half at 16-13 with 2:04 remaining.
GAHS answered when Abby Wiseman scored a layup with three seconds left to pull the hosts to within one point, then Micah Curfman stole a lazy inbounds pass and converted a layup at the buzzer to give the Blue Angels a slim 17-16 edge at the intermission.
Gallia Academy — which led 9-4 after eight minutes of play — didn’t hold on to that lead very long though, as Kaylee Curry nailed a jumper 12 seconds into the second half to give the guests an 18-17 lead. GAHS never came closer the rest of the way.
CHS (9-5) hit its first five shots in the third quarter and twice led by seven points, the last of which came at 30-23 with 2:04 left in the period. Neither team scored over the final two-plus minutes, allowing the Lady Panthers to take a seven-point cushion into the finale.
Chesapeake took its first double-digit lead of the night at 38-27 with 4:04 left in regulation, and Gallia Academy never came closer than nine markers (40-31) with 2:32 remaining. The Lady Panthers took their largest lead of the night at 47-33 with 10.3 seconds left in the contest.
The Lady Panthers, with the victory, claimed a season sweep of the Blue Angels after posting a 57-44 win at CHS back on December 3.
Gallia Academy connected on 16-of-53 field goal attempts for 30 percent, including a 0-for-10 effort from three-point territory. The hosts also committed 12 turnovers and went 3-of-7 at the free throw line for 43 percent.
Abby Wiseman led GAHS with 12 points, followed by Kendra Barnes with eight points and Chelsy Slone with six markers. Halley Barnes was next with four points, while Micah Curfman and Whitney Terry rounded out the respective scoring with three and two points.
Halley Barnes led the hosts with 12 rebounds, including seven offensive caroms. Curfman and Slone each had two steals, while Curfman, Wiseman, Halley Barnes and Kendra Barnes each dished out two assists.
The Lady Panthers were 16-of-42 from the field for 38 percent, including a 0-for-1 effort from beyond the arc. The guests netted 11-of-22 shot attempts and committed just four of their 11 turnovers in the second half.
Jordan Porter paced CHS with a game-high 14 points, followed by Kaylee Curry with nine points and Anna Mayo with seven markers. Chesapeake was 15-of-27 at the charity stripe for 56 percent.
Gallia Academy has now dropped its last four straight decisions.