Lady Panthers outlast River Valley, 45-41

Bryan Walters

December 31, 2013

LONDONDERRY, Ohio — Close, but no proverbial cigar.

The River Valley girls basketball team suffered its fourth straight setback Saturday night following a 45-41 setback to host Southeastern in a non-conference contest in Ross County.

The Lady Raiders (3-5) started strong, as the guests claimed a small 13-10 lead after eight minutes before going on an 8-3 second quarter surge to secure a 21-13 intermission advantage.

The Lady Panthers retaliated with a 13-8 run in the third canto to close to within a possession at 29-26, then closed regulation with a 19-12 charge to complete their rally bid with the four-point triumph.

Leia Moore led RVHS with 13 points, followed by Chelsea Copley with 10 points and Rachael Smith with eight markers. Courtney Smith was next with six points, while Shelby Brown and Tianna Qualls rounded out the scoring with two markers each.

The Lady Raiders were 11-of-18 at the free throw line for 61 percent, while the hosts connected on 12-of-17 charity tosses for 71 percent.

Audrie Wheeler paced SEHS (5-4) with a game-high 18 points, followed by Kali Mitten with nine points and Taylor Brown with six markers.