BIDWELL, Ohio — Nowhere to go but up.
It wasn’t exactly the way the River Valley boys basketball team wanted to start 2014, dropping a 79-38 Ohio Valley Conference contest to visiting Coal Grove.
The Hornets (5-3, 2-1 OVC) led 18-4 following the opening quarter and increased its lead to 44-15 at halftime. Following the break Coal Grove outscored River Valley (3-9, 1-2) 19-to-5 in the third quarter to increase the lead to 63-20. The Raiders outscored CGHS 18-to-16 in the final period and Coal Grove claimed the 79-38 victory.
Tyler Twyman led River Valley with 14 points, followed byJohn Qualls with seven and Dayton Hardway with six. Tre Craycraft had four, Zach Morris had three, Austin Neekamp marked two, while Rhodes and Mark Wray each had one point.
Brandon Adkins led Coal Grove with 21 points, followed by Conor Markins with 16 and Jonathon Joseph with 10. Joe Akers had eight points, Sean Paulus and Isaiah Gunther each had six. D.J. Miller and Jacob Pierce each had three points, Austen Pleasants, Travis Carey and Isaac Fields each had two points.
This is River Valley’s second straight loss to CGHS and the Raiders and Hornets will face off again on January 31.