GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The fourth time was a charm … just like the previous three.
The Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team picked up its fourth victory of the season over visiting Parkersburg Christian Tuesday night following a 56-39 non-conference decision in the regular season finale for OVCS in Gallia County.
The Lady Defenders (11-13) never trailed in the contest, as the hosts stormed out to a 14-4 lead after eight minutes of play and never looked back. OVCS followed with a 14-7 second quarter surge, which allowed the Blue and Gold to secure a comfortable 28-11 cushion headed into the intermission.
The Lady Knights ultimately never came closer the rest of the way, as both teams scored 28 points apiece down the stretch. OVCS made a 15-13 third quarter run to take a 43-24 lead into the finale, then the guests made a 15-13 run in the fourth to wrap up the 17-point outcome.
Ohio Valley Christian thrice defeated PCA on its home floor this year, which included a pair of 49-39 and 54-35 wins at the 2013 Parkersburg Christian Tournament in December. The Lady Defenders also earned a 48-37 victory over the Lady Knights back on Jan. 27 in Parkersburg.
Emily Carman led OVCS with a game-high 25 points, 18 of which came in the second half. Sarah Schoonover was next with 11 points, while Rachel Sargent chipped in eight markers to the winning cause.
Bekah Sargent contributed six points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Teah Elliott and Cassandra Hutchinson rounded out the respective scoring with four and two markers. The hosts were 14-of-24 at the free throw line for 58 percent.
Faith Dahn paced PCA with 11 points, followed by Emily Thomas with seven points and Angel Dahn with six markers. The guests were 5-of-8 at the charity stripe for 63 percent.
OVCS returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when it faces New Hope Christian in Circleville for an OCSAA Southeast Regional championship.