Lady Raiders edge Belpre

By Paul Boggs -

BIDWELL, Ohio —It was actually a tale of two quarters, and the Lady Raiders saved their best for last.

After trailing 42-34 following the third frame, host River Valley rallied to double up Belpre 18-9 in the final period — and captured a 52-51 win over the non-league Golden Eagles on Saturday night.

The win was River Valley’s second straight, raising the Lady Raiders’ record to an even 10-10.

The contest was also the Raiders’ third game in four nights, as River Valley vanquished Point Pleasant in another non-league bout on Thursday.

Belpre fell to 11-9, as the Eagles led 10-9 after the opening quarter, before trailing 25-23 at halftime.

But Belpre outscored the Raiders 19-9 in the third stanza, before River Valley reversed course in the final quarter.

Leia Moore led the Lady Raiders with 17 points, including both of her three-point goals in the fourth period.

She scored six field goals altogether, and made 3-of-5 free throws.

Tianna Qualls contributed 15 points on seven field goals and a foul shot, scoring 10 points on five field goals in the second canto alone.

Erin Jackson, on five field goals including two threes, added a dozen points.

Shelby Brown finished with five points on two field goals and a freebie, while Courtney Smith with a fourth-quarter field goal and Maggie Campbell with a first-quarter free throw rounded out the Silver and Black.

Katelyn Hughes with a game-high 21 and Cheyenne Barker with 17 accounted for 38 of the Golden Eagles’ 51 points.

Hughes had a pair of threes and 7-of-8 free throws, while Barker had a triple and 2-of-4 free throws.

Daisy Cowdery canned two trifectas for eight points, while Maddie Hughes had a three and Hannah Lawrentz a two to round the Orange and Black.

The Lady Raiders returned to action on Monday night by visiting Vinton County in the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs