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Panthers’ defense shuts down Gallia

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

GALLIPOLIS — This one was about the defense.

Chesapeake held Gallipolis to single digit scoring in three quarters as the Panthers rolled past the Blue Devils 62-31 Saturday.

Gage Rhoades scored 24 points including four 3-pointers as Chesapeake improved to 2-1.

Caleb Heffner and Andrew Saunders added 8 points each. Saunders also had 10 rebounds, Brad Meadows 6 and Heffner 5.

Rhoades scored 7 points in the first quarter and Heffner added 4 more as Chesapeake took a 12-4 lead.

The Panthers held Gallipolis without a field goal until Devin Henry hit a basket with 12 seconds on the clock.

Rhoades hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter and scored 8 points as the lead grew to 30-12 at the half.

Saunders scored all 8 of his points in the third quarter and Rhoades had 7 more as Chesapeake built an insurmountable 51-16 lead.

The Panthers emptied the bench in the fourth quarter leading to eight of their 14 turnovers.

Michael Putney scored 10 points for Gallipolis (1-2).

Chesapeake 12 18 21 11 = 62

Gallipolis 4 8 4 15 = 31

CHESAPEAKE (2-1): Blake Lester 1 0 0-0 2, Kolton Webb 0 1 0-0 3, Austin Carpenter 1 0 0-0 2, Nate Smith 1 0 4-6 6, Gage Rhoades 6 4 0-0 24, Brad Meadows 2 0 1-2 5, Caleb Heffner 4 0 0-0 8, Andrew Saunders 2 1 1-1 8, Aaron Thompson 1 0 2-4 4. Totals: 24-49 8-13 62. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 34 (Saunders 10, Meadows 6, Heffner 5). Turnovers: 14.

GALLIPOLIS (1-2): Reid Eastman 1 0 0-0 2, Cole Carter 0 0 0-0 0, Wade Jarrell 2 1 0-0 7, Isaiah Franklin 1 0 0-0 2, Seth Atkins 1 0 3-4 5, Devin Henry 1 0 0-0 2, Michael Putney 4 0 2-2 10, Wes Jarrell 1 0 0-2 2, Jacob Streiter 0 0 1-2 1. Totals: 12-41 6-10 31. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 22 (Streiter 7). Assists: Eastman 3). Turnovers: 20.