Lady Lancers edge Raiders

By Paul Boggs -

BIDWELL, Ohio — Unfortunately for River Valley, the Lady Raiders’ quick start on Saturday didn’t quite equate to a winning result.

That’s because, by being outscored 28-16 in the middle two quarters, host River Valley fell to Federal Hocking 50-47 in a non-league girls basketball tilt.

River Valley roared out to a 16-9 lead following the opening period, but only scored six points in the second stanza — as the Lady Lancers forged a 22-22 halftime tie.

Federal Hocking, which won its third affair over a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division club this season, then outscored the Raiders 15-10 in the third canto.

The Raiders won the fourth frame 15-13, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the late 37-32 deficit.

With the loss, River Valley fell to 2-9, while the Lancers picked up their fourth win in their last five contests to improve to 5-7.

The Lady Lancers also overcame only making half of their 26 free throws — by meshing as many (13) as River Valley even attempted.

River Valley held an 18-17 advantage in total field goals, but Federal Hocking hit three three-pointers compared to none for the Silver and Black.

Erin Jackson, on six field goals and 5-of-6 free throws, led the Lady Raiders with 17 points.

Jessica Steele scored six field goals and 2-of-3 foul shots for 14 points, while Jaden Neal — on five field goals and 2-of-2 freebies — notched a dozen.

Jackson, Neal and Steele scored a basket apiece for River Valley’s only second-period points.

Beth Gillman with a pair of first-quarter free throws, and Maggie Campbell with a third-frame bucket, rounded out the Raider scoring.

Six players accounted for all 50 points for the Lady Lancers, paced by Destiny Tabler with a game-high 21.

Tabler, on seven total field goals which included two threes, also sank five of Federal Hocking’s free throws.

Kaylli McPherson added nine points for Federal Hocking, while Hannah Dunfee and Audrey Blake each chipped in eight.

The Lady Raiders returned home, and returned to TVC-Ohio Division action, on Monday night for a makeup matchup against Nelsonville-York.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs