River Valley tops Defenders, 56-46

By Donald Lambert - [email protected]

BIDWELL, Ohio — One streak ends while the other continues.

The River Valley boys basketball team ended its eight-game losing skid on Saturday in a 56-46 victory over the visiting Ohio Valley Christian Defenders in Gallia County.

The Defenders (6-4) led the Raiders (2-8) 19-12 after the first quarter, thanks to eight points for Elijah McDonald. The visitors carried a 31-25 lead going into halftime.

Despite six points from Austin Ragan, the Silver and Black closed the gap in the third quarter, trailing 43-42 heading into the finale. The River Valley defense allowed only one bucket from OVCS in the fourth quarter. Kirk Morrow led the Raiders offense in the fourth with six points to claim the victory.

Jacob Dovenbarger led the Raiders with 14 points, followed by Morrow with 13 points. Jarret McCarley finished with 12 points, while Dustin Barber had nine points. Mark Wray and Ian Polcyn contributed six points and two points respectively for the Silver and Black.

Marshall Hood led the Defenders with a game-high 15 points. Austin Ragan followed with 12 points, while McDonald finished with 10 points. Dillon Ragan had four points, while Justin Sizemore and Justin Beaver contributed three points and two points respectively for OVCS.

The Defenders shot 5-of-10 from the free throw line, while the Raiders were 5-of-11 from the charity stripe. The visitors were 7-of-7 from three-point range. River Valley went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc.

The win was River Valley’s first since the Raiders’ 61-44 victory over Eastern on Nov. 27. OVCS is currently on a four-game skid.

Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Donald Lambert

[email protected]