BIDWELL, Ohio — Leaving on a high note.
The River Valley girls basketball team played its final Ohio Valley Conference Thursday night and well, the Lady Raiders ended their tenure in style. RVHS defeated visiting Chesapeake 41-26 to move into a tie for third place in the OVC at 4-6, with Coal Grove and the Lady Panthers.
Chesapeake edged River Valley (9-12, 4-6 OVC) 9-to-8 in the opening period bit the Lady Raiders held CHS to just six points in the second quarter to take the 17-15 lead at halftime.
The Lady Panthers scored just four points in the third quarter and River Valley opened the game up to eight points with one quarter to play. The Silver and Black outscored Chesapeake 14-to-7 over the final eight minutes and took the 41-26 triumph.
The Lady Raiders scoring was led by Chelsea Copley with 17 points and Shelby Brown with 12. Rachael Smith had six points, Leia Moore added four and Bailey Adkins rounded out the RVHS total with two points. River Valley shot 6-of-18 (33.3 percent) from the free throw line and hit three trifectas in the game, all by Copley.
Kaylee Curry and Sydnee Hall led Chesapeake with 10 points each, while Kelsey Huff, Morgan McClanahan and Atiya Spaulding each had two points. Chesapeake was 2-of-9 (22.2 percent) from the free throw line and connected on two three pointers.
The season series is a split as the Lady Panthers won the first meeting between the teams by a count of 57-37 in Lawrence County.