COAL GROVE, Ohio — The Lady Hornets were simply buzzing in their season opener.
Host Coal Grove had three players reach double figures and three more chipped in at least seven points on Thursday night during a 73-29 victory over the River Valley girls basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The visiting Lady Raiders (0-2) nearly scored half of their points in the first quarter, but the Lady Hornets (1-0) erupted in that same span en route to a 26-13 cushion after eight minutes of play.
From there, CGHS dominated after making a 20-6 surge in the second canto while securing a 46-19 advantage at the break.
The Red and Black followed with a 16-4 run in the third for a 62-23 edge headed into the finale, then closed regulation with an 11-6 spurt to wrap up the 44-point outcome.
Beth Gillman led RVHS with nine points, all of which came in the first quarter on a trio of trifectas. Savannah Reese was next with eight points, while Jaden Neal and Kelsey Brown completed the Silver and Black tally with six markers apiece.
River Valley was 6-of-8 at the free throw line for 75 percent.
Alexis Hall paced Coal Grove with 19 points, all of which came in the first half. Destiny Dolen was next with 12 points, while Emily Compliment added 11 markers to the triumph.
Bailey McKnight and Kasey Murphy respectively tacked on nine and eight points, while Leah Crum chipped in seven markers.
Addie Dillow and Halie Frazier completed the winning tally with six points and one point, respectively. The hosts were 11-of-23 at the charity stripe for 48 percent.
River Valley returns to action Monday when it travels to Jackson for a non-conference contest at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.