BIDWELL, Ohio — A 32-20 second half surge ultimately allowed the River Valley girls basketball team to snap a seven-game losing skid Thursday night following a 56-43 victory over visiting Chesapeake in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Gallia County.
Both the Lady Raiders (2-9, 1-2 OVC) and the Lady Panthers (7-3, 0-2) battled through several ties and lead changes in the first half, as CHS led 15-12 after eight minutes of play before the hosts used a 12-8 second quarter run to claim a small 24-23 edge at the intermission.
RVHS, however, made its big charge of the night in the third canto, as the Lady Raiders went on a 13-3 surge to secure a comfortable 37-26 cushion headed into the finale. The hosts closed regulation by canning 10-of-12 free throws en route to a 19-17 run, which allowed River Valley to wrap up the 13-point decision.
The Lady Raiders connected on 18-of-58 field goal attempts for 31 percent, including a 2-of-11 effort from three-point range for 18 percent. The hosts were also 2-of-4 from three-point territory in the second half and 18-of-20 overall at the free throw line for 90 percent.
Cady Gilmore led RVHS with a game-high 19 points, 15 of which came during the pivotal second half run. Shelby Brown and Leia Moore both contributed 10 points apiece to the winning cause, followed by Chelsea Copley with eight markers.
Courtney Smith added seven points for the hosts, while Rachael Smith rounded out the winning tally with two markers. Brown hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds, followed by Gilmore with a team-best three steals. RVHS committed 19 turnovers in the contest.
Jordan Porter paced the Lady Panthers with 18 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Jackie Nelson was next with 10 points, followed by Sydnee Hall with six points and Kelsey Curry with five markers. CHS was 5-of-13 at the charity stripe for 38 percent and also committed 13 turnovers in the setback.