Lady Buckeyes fend off River Valley, 43-31

By Alex Hawley - [email protected]

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Turnovers a key factor in Lady Raiders’ fourth straight setback.

The River Valley girls basketball team committed 24 turnovers Thursday night, twice as many as Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division host Nelsonville-York, as the Lady Raiders dropped a 43-31 decision to the Orange and Brown, in Ben Wagner Gymnasium.

River Valley (7-6, 3-3 TVC Ohio) and Nelsonville-York (9-3, 5-1) were tied at six after eight minutes of play, and tied at 12 six minutes into the second quarter. However, the Lady Buckeyes scored seven unanswered points to end the first half with a 19-12 lead.

The Silver and Black trimmed the deficit to 23-19 early in the second half, but NYHS scored the final five points of the third period to extent the margin to 28-19.

The Lady Buckeyes connected on three trifectas to start the final quarter, pushing their lead to 37-21 in the process. RVHS ended the night on a 10-to-6 run, but it was too little, too late and the hosts claimed the 43-31 victory.

Courtney Smith paced the Lady Raiders with a double-double effort of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Leia Moore scored eight points and had a team-best three assists. RVHS senior Shelby Brown — who led the Silver and Black on defense with three steals — scored six points in the setback, while Erin Jackson added three and Tianna Qualls scored two.

River Valley made 13-of-35 (37.1 percent) free throw attempts in the game, including 2-of-5 (40 percent) of three-point tires. Three of the Lady Raiders’ four free throw attempts were successful, all four were taken by Moore. As a team the Silver and Black had 33 rebounds, four assists, five steals, and 24 turnovers.

The victors were led by Jessie Addis with 21 points, followed by Camrin Dupler and Tori Campbell with six each. Mary Kate McCulloch and Kaitlyn Hurd each had five points to round out the NYHS scoring. Hurd had team-bests in rebounds with seven and blocks with two, while Sidney Fick led the Nelsonville-York defense with four steals. Hurd, Fick, Addis and Kyla Henderson each had two assists in the win.

NYHS shot 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from the free throw line and 16-of-48 (33.3 percent) from the field, including 6-of-15 (40 percent) from beyond the arc. The Lady Buckeyes totaled 27 rebounds, 10 assists, 12 steals, two blocks and 12 turnovers.

The Lady Raiders — who were 4-0 away from home on prior Thursday — will look to avenge this loss on February 4, in the regular season finale at RVHS. River Valley returns to action on Monday, when the Silver and Black travel to Meigs for a TVC Ohio showdown. MHS, which is 6-7 overall and 2-4 in league, suffered a 57-28 loss at River Valley on December 3, however, the Lady Marauders have won five of their last six contests.

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

By Alex Hawley

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