Lady Raiders fall at South Point, 57-40

Bryan Walters

January 10, 2014

SOUTH POINT, Ohio — The River Valley girls basketball team dropped its second straight decision and third consecutive league contest Thursday night following a 57-40 setback to host South Point in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Lawrence County.

The Lady Raiders (4-7, 1-3 OVC) started well, as the guests stormed out to a 15-6 lead after eight minutes of play. The Lady Pointers, however, countered with a small 12-11 run in the second canto, which cut their deficit down to 26-18 at the intermission.

The second half simply belonged to SPHS, as the hosts went on a 39-14 charge over the final 16 minutes. South Point used a 16-6 third quarter run to claim a 34-32 edge headed into the finale, then closed the game with a 23-8 surge to wrap up the 17-point triumph.

RVHS — which did not attempt a free throw in the second half — finished the night 3-of-6 at the free throw line for 50 percent. The Lady Pointers, conversely, sank 19-of-27 charity tosses for 70 percent.

Chelsey Copley led the Lady Raiders with a game-high 16 points, followed by Rachael Smith, Shelby Brown and Tianna Qualls with six markers apiece. Courtney Smith and Leia Moore rounded out the scoring with three points each.

Brett Justice and Abby Winkler each paced the Lady Pointers with 15 points, followed by Brooklyn Badgett and Brianna Bacon with 11 and nine markers respectively.