River Valley knocks off Rebels, 50-39

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@aimmediamidwest.com

BIDWELL, Ohio — Another night, another Raiders victory.

The River Valley boys basketball team picked up its second home win in as many nights, as the Silver and Black defeated in-county guest South Gallia by a 50-39 count on Saturday.

The Raiders (2-5) started with their best offensive quarter of the night, scoring 18 points on five field goals and seven free throws. Over the first eight minutes, South Gallia (0-3) scored a dozen points, 10 of which came from Braxton Hardy.

RVHS expanded its lead by one point in the second stanza, outscoring the Rebels by a 11-10 clip to make the margin 29-22 at halftime.

South Gallia won the third quarter by a 11-8 margin, cutting the Raider lead to 37-33 with eight minutes to play.

However, SGHS was held to just two field goals and one free throw in the fourth quarter. River Valley surged for 13 points in the finale, sealing the 50-39 victory.

From the free throw line in the game, RVHS was 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) and SGHS was 8-of-10 (80 percent).

The Raider offense was led by senior Jarret McCarley with 15 points, combining five field goals and five free throws. Layne Fitch and Dustin Barber had nine points apiece in the win, with both players connecting on one three-pointer.

RVHS senior Kyle Coen contributed eight points to the River Valley cause, while Rory Twyman had five points, including three from beyond the arc. The Silver and Black scoring was rounded out by Matthew Mollohan with four points.

Hardy led the guests with 23 points, on six two-pointers, a pair of three-pointers and a 5-of-5 performance from the charity stripe. Eli Ellis scored six points for the Red and Gold, while Jared Burdette, Austin Stapleton and Bryceton Folden each had three points on a trifecta apiece. Austin Day had one marker to cap off the scoring column for South Gallia.

This is the only time this winter that RVHS and SGHS will meet.

Both teams return to action in their respective leagues on Tuesday, with the Raiders visiting Alexander and the Rebels traveling to Eastern.

By Alex Hawley


Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.