GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — An opening statement in the opening round.
The Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team led wire-to-wire while starting the 2013-14 postseason off on a solid note Monday night during a 56-12 victory over visiting Coshocton Christian in an Ohio Christian School Athletic Association Southeast regional semifinal matchup in the Old French City.
The Lady Defenders (9-13) scored three seconds into regulation and were ahead 4-0 just 30 seconds in, as the hosts held the third-seeded Lady Wildcats (4-6) without a field goal in the first quarter en route to a 9-3 advantage.
Coshocton Christian — which missed its first 21 field goal attempts of the game — picked up its first basket after Mary Hill drained a trifecta at the 1:42 mark of the second canto, sparking a small 5-0 run that allowed the guests to close to within 15-8 with 1:19 left in the half.
Sarah Schoonover sank a free throw with 56 seconds remaining, which allowed the hosts to secure a 16-8 edge headed into the break.
The Lady Defenders made 6-of-30 field goal attempts in the opening 16 minutes, while the Lady Wildcats were 2-of-26 overall from the floor. OVCS owned a 21-18 edge on the halftime glass and committed eight turnovers, compared to 11 by the guests.
Emily Carman — who missed all but the opening 90 seconds of the first half with foul trouble — helped spark the hosts in the second half, as OVCS forced 12 turnovers during a 25-2 third period surge that turned a three-possession game into a sizable 41-10 lead headed into the finale.
The second-seeded Lady Defenders closed regulation with a 15-2 run to wrap up the 44-point outcome, which proved to be the largest lead of the night.
Ohio Valley Christian will face the winner of the New Hope Christian and Dominion Academy contest that will be played later this week. The location and date of the OCSAA Southeast regional final have yet to be determined.
The Lady Defenders outrebounded the guests by a sizable 53-30 margin, including a 31-8 edge on the offensive glass. OVCS also committed just 11 turnovers in the triumph, compared to 26 by the Lady Wildcats.
Ohio Valley Christian netted 22-of-78 field goal attempts for 28 percent, including a 1-of-8 effort from three-point range for 13 percent. The Blue and Gold also sank 11-of-17 free throw attempts for 65 percent.
Sarah Schoonover led the hosts with a game-high 17 points, followed by Bekah Sargent with 12 points and Cassandra Hutchinson with 10 markers. Emily Carman was next with nine points, while Rachel Sargent and Teah Elliott rounded out the winning tally with four markers apiece.
Coshocton Christian connected on 4-of-44 shot attempts for nine percent, which included a 1-of-15 effort from behind the arc for seven percent. The Lady Wildcats were also 3-of-8 at the charity stripe for 38 percent.
Jessie Hedrtrom led CCA with four points, followed by Brooke McHugh and Sarah McCreery with three markers apiece. Anna Egbert rounded out the guests’ scoring with two points.