HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Even though the double-overtime thriller didn’t go their way, the Lady Defenders had something to celebrate on Monday.
OVCS senior Rachel Sargent became the fifth member of the Lady Defenders’ 1,000-point club, scoring a game-high 27 points in a 51-47 double-overtime loss to non-conference host Covenant.
With a layup at the 3:47 mark of the third period, Sargent joined Emily Carman, Hallie Carter, Abby Mein and Madison Crank as OVCS girls to surpass the 1,000-point mark in their careers.
The Lady Defenders (0-3) trailed by just two points, 16-14, at the end of the opening period, and cut the deficit to one, 26-25, headed into halftime.
OVCS tied the game at 37 headed into the fourth quarter, and both teams scored four points over the final eight minutes of regulation. Both teams also scored three in the first overtime period, but the hosts outscored the Lady Defenders 7-to-3 in the second overtime, capping off the 51-47 victory.
Sargent — who now has a career point total of 1,010 — also pulled in 14 rebounds and blocked a team-best seven shots, to go with her 27 points.
Katie Bradley posted 13 points, three assists and five steals for the Blue and Gold, Emily Childers added six points, while Kristen Durst scored one marker.
For the game, OVCS shot 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from the free throw line and 20-of-62 (32.3 percent) from the field, including 1-of-17 (6.9 percent) from three-point range. As a team, the Lady Defenders marked 33 rebounds, five assists, 11 steals and seven blocks.
Karleigh Collins led Covenant with 17 points, followed by Emily Hutchinson with 11 and Grace Hagley with 10. Amanda Bailey scored eight points for the victors, while Eden Bumgardner added three and Ambra Creighton chipped in with two.
The hosts were 13-of-29 from the charity stripe, including 8-of-15 in the overtime periods.
Ohio Valley Christian will try to avenge this loss on February 3, when they host Covenant.
The Lady Defenders will return to action on Thursday, when Cross Lanes Christian visits Gallipolis.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext.2100.