Lady Defenders beat HCA, 48-33

By Bryan Walters -

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — A career night for a good cause.

Senior Emily Childers scored a career-high 24 points while helping the Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team win for the second time in three outings on Thursday night during a 48-33 decision over host Heritage Christian Academy in a non-conference matchup in Jackson County.

The Lady Defenders (2-6) received an 11-of-21 shooting effort from Childers, who poured in at least four points in each of the four quarters.

The guests got seven points from Childers in the opening frame as part of 13-0 run in the opening eight minutes, then Childers and Cori Hutchison both poured in four points apiece as part of an 8-7 second quarter run that gave OVCS a 21-7 halftime advantage.

The Lady Patriots made their big charge in the third frame after making a 15-11 run to close the lead down to 32-22, but the Blue and Gold ended regulation with a 16-11 surge to wrap up the 15-point triumph.

The Lady Defenders connected on 23-of-51 field goal attempts for 45 percent, including a 0-for-3 effort from three-point range. The guests were also 2-of-8 at the free throw line for 25 percent.

Kristen Durst, Lauren Ragan and Makala Sizemore followed Childers with six points apiece, while Hutchison and Olivia Neal completed the winning tally with respective efforts of four and two points.

The guests hauled in 30 total rebounds, including 13 offensive boards. Durst led the way with 11 rebounds, while Childers chipped in eight caroms to go along with a team-high five assists.

The Blue and Red made 11 total field goals — including a pair of trifectas — and also went 9-of-15 at the charity stripe for 60 percent.

Hallie Bigley led the hosts with 17 points, followed by Skylar Gandee with 12 points and Abby Scritchfield with three markers. Marissa Newell completed the HCA scoring with a single point.

By Bryan Walters

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.