Lady Defenders fall to Grace, 46-34

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Shelby Cicenas was a one-girl gang.

Cicenas single-handedly outscored the Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team Monday night while leading host Grace Christian School to a 46-34 decision in a non-conference matchup in Cabell County.

The Lady Lions (6-2) claimed a season sweep of the visiting Lady Defenders (2-6), who dropped their fifth decision in their last six outings. GCS also posted a more sizable 52-18 win at OVCS back on December 3.

Cicenas finished the evening with a game-high 35 points, which includes 11 points after one period of play and 20 points by halftime. The hosts led 15-11 and 24-16 after each of the first two quarters of play.

The Lady Lions followed with a 10-6 third quarter surge to secure a 34-22 edge headed into the finale, then both teams ended regulation by trading 12 points apiece — giving Grace the 12-point decision.

Katie Bradley paced OVCS with a double-double effort of 12 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Rachel Sargent with 12 points and nine caroms. Emily Childers rounded out the Lady Defenders’ scoring with 10 points. The guests were 3-of-6 at the free throw line for 50 percent.

Cherish Carpenter followed Cicenas with six points, while Rachel Tanner and Mallory Branson respectively added three and two markers apiece. Grace was 4-of-8 at the charity stripe for 50 percent. Cicenas hit 16 total field goals — including two trifectas — and also made her only free throw attempt.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters

[email protected]