CENTENARY, Ohio — A great start and an even better finish lead the Lady Panthers to victory.
The Chesapeake girls basketball team outscored Ohio Valley Conference host Gallia Academy by 10 points in both the first and the fourth quarters Monday night, as the Purple and White claimed a 47-35 victory in Gallia County.
Chesapeake (10-3, 5-3 OVC) outscored the Blue Angels (2-10, 2-7) 16-to-6 over the first eight minutes of play, but the Blue and White cut the deficit to 23-14 by halftime.
GAHS went on a 14-to-7 third quarter run, which cut the margin to two points, 30-28, headed into the finale. However, Chesapeake finished strong, outscoring the Blue Angels 17-to-7 in the final stanza to secure the 47-35 triumph.
Gallia Academy junior Jalea Caldwell paced the Blue and White with 11 points, followed by Adrienne Jenkins with nine. Jordan Walker poured in six points, Hunter Copley chipped in with five, while KoKo Higa scored four in the setback. The Blue Angels shot 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from the free throw line and Copley hit Gallia Academy’s only three-pointer in the game.
Kaylee Curry led the victors with 12 points, followed by Natalee Hall with 10 and Jozy Jones with nine. Bailey Mills scored eight points, while Kelsey Huff and Brooke Webb each scored four. Mills and Curry both sank a pair of trifectas for CHS, and the Lady Panthers shot 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the charity stripe.
Chesapeake also topped the Blue Angels in their season opener on December 3, by a 47-36 count in Lawrence County.
Gallia Academy returns to action on Thursday, when Rock Hill visits Centenary for a OVC clash. The Redwomen defeated GAHS on December 7, by a 52-44 count in Pedro.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.