MASON, W.Va. — Ending the year on a good note.
The River Valley girls basketball team snapped a four-game losing skid in convincing fashion Monday night following a 71-23 triumph over host Wahama in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The Lady Raiders (4-5) battled out to a small 14-8 advantage after eight minutes of play, but the guests countered with a relentless defense that produced numerous turnovers the rest of the way. RVHS outscored the Lady Falcons (0-8) by a sizable 57-15 margin during that span to wrap up the 48-point victory.
River Valley scored the first 14 points of the second quarter en route to a 16-1 run, which gave the guests a 30-9 edge at the intermission. Faith Henry sank a free throw for Wahama at the 1:38 mark to end an almost seven-minute scoreless drought in the first half.
The Lady Raiders started the second half with a 4-0 run, but the Lady Falcons countered with a 4-0 run of their own to close back to within 21 points at 34-13 with 5:08 left in the third. The hosts were never closer, as RVHS closed the period with a 14-8 run to secure a 48-21 lead headed into the finale.
Wahama went scoreless for over seven minutes in the fourth, as Rebecca Gerlach sank a basket with 42 seconds remaining to give the hosts their only points of the canto. River Valley produced a 23-2 charge down the stretch to wrap up their largest lead of the game with the final outcome.
RVHS had nine different players reach the scoring column, with Shelby Brown leading the way with 15 points. Rachael Smith was next with 13 points, while Chelsea Copley and Leia Moore each contributed 11 markers.
Courtney Smith and Mikayla Pope were respectively next with six and five points, followed by Tianna Qualls and Bailey Adkins with four markers apiece. Carli Dillon added two points to round out the scoring for the guests, who were 17-of-27 at the free throw line for 63 percent.
Olivia Hill paced Wahama with eight points, followed by Sierra Carmichael with seven points and Bunni Peters with three markers. Molly Fisher and Rebecca Gerlach each contributed two points, while Faith Henry rounded out the scoring with one marker.
Wahama — which was 5-of-15 at the charity stripe for 33 percent — was Mason County’s last chance for a hoops win before the new year. The Lady Falcons, Point Pleasant (0-10) and Hannan (0-5) were a combined 0-23 in regular season games during the 2013 portion of this season.