GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Down to the wire.
The Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team took a two-point lead with 16 seconds remaining and held on to defeat visiting Teays Valley Christian by a count of 49-46, Friday night in the Old French City.
The Lady Defenders held the 3-0 lead just 2:30 into the game but the Lady Lions roared back to hold a 10-7 advantage at the end of the opening stanza.
With two minutes to play before halftime Teays Valley Christian pushed its lead to 11 points but OVCS closed the first half with with a 6-2 lead, cutting the Lady Lions’ advantage to 26-19 at the break.
Following the intermission Ohio Valley Christian got things going at with 48 seconds to play in the third quarter took a two point lead. That lead was short lived however as TVCS hit a three pointer to end the third with a 35-34 lead.
Teays Valley Christian hit a pair of three-pointers to open their lead to seven points with 5:30 remaining in regulation. The Lady Defenders chipped away at the lead and tied the game on a Bekah Sargent free throw with 24 seconds remaining. Ohio Valley Christian took the lead just eight seconds later when Cassandra Hutchinson hit a jump shot off of the Sarah Schoonover inbound pass.
TVCS hit a free throw to cut the lead to 47-46 with 11 second to play but Emily Carman hit two free throws to give Ohio Valley Christian the 49-46 victory.
Emily Carman led the Lady Defenders with 17 points, followed by Bekah Sargent with 13 and Rachel Sargent with nine. Sarah Schoonover and Cassandra Hutchinson each had four points, while Teah Elliott rounded out the OVCS total with two points.
The Lady Defenders shot 20-of-51 (39.2 percent) from the field and 7-of-14 (50 percent) from the free throw line. As a team OVCS had 29 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks, four steals and 20 turnovers.
Schoonover and Bekah Sargent each had seven rebounds to lead Ohio Valley Christian, followed by Carman with six. The OVCS defense was led by Schoonover and Rachel Sargent with two steals each, while Bekah Sargent had two blocks.
Grace Kesler and Holley Edwards each had 11 points to lead TVCS, followed by Alisha Kiser and Gabby Harrah with 10 each. Rachael Pence and Rachel Kiser each had two points to round out the Lady Lions scoring.
Teays Valley Christian shot 18-of-60 (30 percent) from the field and 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from the free throw line. The Lady Lions had 35 rebounds, 11 steals, 10 assists, four blocks and 19 turnovers.
Kesler led the Lady Lions with 12 rebounds, and four assists, while Rachel Kiser had four blocks and Lindsay Fowler had three steals.
The Lady Lions had defeated OVCS earlier this season by a count of 34-22 on December 20, in Teays Valley.