GALLIPOLIS, Ohio —Forcing turnovers is a key to victory.
The Cross Lanes Christian girls basketball team forced the Lady Defenders to turn the ball over 28 times Friday night en route to a 52-23 victory in Gallia County.
The Lady Warriors (9-4) began the game with a five-minute, 12-0 run, before Ohio Valley Christian (1-6) scored three points. CLCS closed the period with a 7-0 to stretch its lead to 16 points.
After OVCS scored the opening basket of the second quarter Cross Lanes Christian rattled off 10 straight points. The Lady Defenders closed the half on a 5-to-4 run and trailed by 23 at the break.
The Lady Warriors out scored OVCS by 10 points in the third period to extend their lead to 48-15. The Lady Defenders scored the first eight points of the final period but CLCS scored the final four and took the 52-23 victory.
Ohio Valley Christian was led by Emily Carman, who finished one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Bekah Sargent finished with six points and six rebounds, while Sarah Schoonover, McKinsey Sanders, Teah Elliott and Rachel Sargent each finished with two points.
Courtney Kendrick led Cross Lanes Christian with 22 points, 12 of which came in the first quarter. Julianna Lowery finished with 10 points, Laura Jones added nine and Bethany Stepp chipped in with six points. Hannah Witzke and Kathryn Legg each marked two points, while Kelly Bailey had one to round out the CLCS scoring.
The Lady Defenders were 4-of-11 (36.3 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Lady Warriors were 7-of-16 (43.8 percent).
This is the lone scheduled meeting between theses teams this season.