Lady Vikings sweep River Valley, 57-50

By Bryan Walters -

McARTHUR, Ohio — Better … but still not good enough.

The River Valley girls basketball team showed signs of improvement the second time around, but host Vinton County still came up with all the right answers Monday night during a 57-50 decision in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup in Vinton County.

The Lady Raiders (10-11, 4-7 TVC Ohio) had their two-game winning streak snapped, but the guests produced double-digit scoring in each of the four quarters of play while also hitting six trifectas in the setback.

The Lady Vikings (15-6, 9-2), conversely, remained tied with both Nelsonville-York and Alexander atop the league standings while also claiming a season sweep of RVHS. The Maroon and Gray previously posted a 53-26 decision in Bidwell back on December 21.

VCHS managed to stake claim to a slim 13-11 edge after eight minutes of play, but Leia Moore scored eight points during a 12-10 second quarter run that allowed River Valley to knot things up at 23-all headed into halftime.

The Lady Vikings rode senior Michala Puckett down the stretch run, as the senior scored seven of her 11 second-half points during a 16-13 run in the third that gave the hosts a 39-36 cushion headed into the finale. VCHS hit 5-of-6 free throws as part of an 18-14 run to end regulation, wrapping up the seven-point outcome.

The Silver and Black netted six of their 20 field goals from behind the arc and were also 4-of-11 at the free throw line for 36 percent. Moore led the guests with four trifectas and 17 points, followed by Tianna Qualls with 14 points.

Courtney Smith and Erin Jackson were next with seven markers apiece, while Jaden Neal and Maggie Campbell each scored two points. Shelby Brown rounded out the RVHS tally with one point.

The Lady Vikings made only one of their 22 field goals from behind the arc and also went 12-of-17 at the charity stripe for 71 percent. Jalen Hale led VCHS with a game-high 18 points, followed by Puckett with 17 points and Erin Jones with nine markers.

Katie Fee contributed eight points to the winning cause, while Hannah Radabaugh and Sara Owings respectively rounded out the winning tally with four points and one point.

The Lady Raiders conclude their 2016 regular season on Thursday when they host Nelsonville-York in a TVC Ohio contest at 6 p.m.

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By Bryan Walters