GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team literally took its mascot to heart Thursday night, as the host Lady Defenders claimed their first win of the 2012-13 campaign with a convincing 58-18 decision over Parkersburg Christian in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Defenders (1-2) held the visiting Lady Knights to just six points apiece in each of the first three quarters, then pitched a shutout down the stretch to wrap up the solid 40-point decision.
OVCS — which had two-thirds of its entire roster reach the scoring column — led 12-6 after eight minutes of play, but Parkersburg Christian together a small 4-2 run to pull within four (14-10) with 2:45 remaining in the half. The hosts responded with a 7-2 surge over the final two minutes to take a 21-12 advantage into the intermission.
The Lady Defenders held the guests scoreless over the opening four minutes of the second half, all while using an 8-0 run to extend their lead out to 29-12 edge. The hosts finished the final 3:57 of the third quarter with a small 7-6 run to take a comfortable 36-18 cushion into the finale.
PCHS scored its last point of the night with 43 seconds left in the third canto after Angel Danh made one of two free throws to get the guests to within 33-18. Ohio Valley Christian scored the final 25 points of the game during the remaining 8:42 of regulation.
Bekah Sargent led the Lady Defenders with a game-high 16 points, followed by Madison Crank with 15 points and Emily Carman with 13 markers. Teah Elliott also chipped in seven points to the winning cause.
Sarah Schoonover chipped in five points and Ashley Childers rounded out the scoring with two markers. OVCS was 6-of-15 at the free throw line for 40 percent.
Angel Danh paced the Lady Knights with six points, followed by Jelisa Brown and Emily Thomas with four markers apiece. Parkersburg Christian went just 2-of-5 at the charity stripe for 40 percent.