BIDWELL, Ohio — Credit the Lady Raiders for still playing hard all the way to the end.
Unfortunately, for River Valley, its offense very much remains a work in progress.
Too many turnovers, and not enough points, once again doomed the host Raiders on Monday night —as River Valley fell 50-30 to Coal Grove in a non-league girls basketball tilt.
The Lady Raiders never led, scored in single digits in the opening two quarters, and twice trailed by as many as 24 points inside the final three minutes.
In fact, after tying the contest at 3-3 with two minutes and 20 seconds remaining in the first period, the Raiders didn’t score again until trailing by double digits — and with 5:25 to play in the first half.
The Lady Hornets stung the Raiders for 10 unanswered points over a span of three minutes to lead 13-3 only a minute and 13 seconds into the second stanza, as River Valley got no closer than 13-5 and 15-7 from there.
In leading 21-9 at halftime, Coal Grove outscored the Silver and Black 13-11 in the third frame for a 34-20 advantage —before winning the final quarter 16-10 for the 50-30 final.
The Hornets held a double-digit advantage in the entire second half, ranging anywhere in the third period from 11 to 16 points.
Coal Grove then garnered leads of 48-24 with 2:45 remaining, followed by a 50-26 cushion with 1:27 to play.
The loss left the Lady Raiders at 2-6, while the Hornets raised their record to 4-2.
With the Raiders trailing 3-0, Erin Jackson split a pair of free throws at the 4:38 mark of the first quarter, as she then nailed a jumper against the Coal Grove 2-3 zone two minutes and 18 seconds later.
From there, though, the next River Valley points came on a Jackson drive to the hoop—with 5:25 remaining before halftime.
The Raiders’ only other points in the second canto were a Maggie Campbell field goal at the 4:45 mark, followed by a Jessica Steele basket with 12 seconds showing.
In the third quarter, Jackson dropped in two twos, Jaden Neal netted a deuce and the game’s only three-pointer, and Campbell converted another bucket.
In the final period, Jackson again scored two field goals, including the final points for the 50-30 tally.
Campbell and Neal notched another field goal apiece in the stanza, while Beth Gillman made a pair of free throws.
Only five players posted points for Coal Grove, but all five scored at least four points.
Emily Compliment paced all scorers with 17 points on six field goals and 5-of-5 free throws, while Kasey Murphy mustered 14 points on five field goals and 4-of-5 foul shots.
Destiny Dolen dialed in three field goals and 4-of-4 freebies for 10, while Bailey McKnight (five points) made two field goals and a free throw —and Lauren Crum (four points) canned a field goal and 2-of-4 foul shots.
Dolen with nine and Murphy with eight led the Hornets in rebounding, while Compliment made four steals.
The Lady Raiders return to Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division action on Thursday night —when they travel to Meigs.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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