STEWART, Ohio — Despite a slow start the Lady Rebels picked up the 56-36 victory Thursday night.
The South Gallia girls basketball team defeated Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Federal Hocking by 20 points, giving SGHS double-digit league victories for the second consecutive year.
The Lady Rebels (14-4, 10-3 TVC Hocking) scored just six points in the opening period, but they held the FHHS (5-10, 5-8) to only two points. The pace picked up in the second with SGHS out scoring the Lady Lancers by five en route to a 25-16 halftime advantage.
The South Gallia defense held Federal Hocking to single digits again in the third period, allowing eight points. The Red and Gold marked 10 in the third and led 35-24 with eight minutes remaining. The Lady Rebels finished strong, out scoring FHHS 21-to-12 over the final period to seal the 56-36 road victory.
Ellie Bostic led the Lady Rebels with 21 points and nine rebounds in the game, followed by Meghan Caldwell with 16 points and five rebounds. Mikayla Poling had seven points, while Lesley Small and Rachel Johnson each added four. Sara Bailey and Jasmyne Johnson each chipped in with two points, rounding out the SGHS scoring.
Caldwell led the victors with four assists, followed by Bostic and Small with two apiece. Caldwell also led the defensive effort for the Red and Gold with six steals, followed by Bostic with five.
The Lady Rebels were a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line in the contest, and 23-of-58 (39.7 percent) from the field. South Gallia was 1-of-4 (25 percent) from beyond the arc, with Poling hitting the triple. As a team SGHS had 23 rebounds, 10 assists, 16 steals and 16 turnovers.
This completes the season sweep of Federal Hocking by South Gallia as the Lady Rebels won 61-42 on December 3rd in Mercerville. This marks the fifth win by 20 or more points by SGHS this season.
No farther statistical information for Federal Hocking was made available at presstime.