Lady Raiders top Coal Grove in OVC opener, 36-28

Bryan Walters

December 12, 2013

BIDWELL, Ohio — Style points don’t matter. The only thing that counts is the final result.

Scoring was at a premium Thursday night, as the River Valley girls basketball team made the most of a 28-20 run over the final three quarters of play en route to a 36-28 victory over visiting Coal Grove in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams in Gallia County.

The Lady Raiders (3-1, 1-0 OVC) and Lady Hornets (1-3, 0-1) battled to an eight-all tie through eight minutes of play, then both teams went ice cold during a 5-2 second quarter run by RVHS — allowing the hosts to take a slim 13-10 edge into the intermission.

River Valley opened the third canto with a 6-0 surge, but CGHS countered with a 5-4 run over the final five-plus minutes to close to within 22-15 headed into the finale.

Chelsea Copley hit a free throw with 5:43 remaining to give RVHS its first double-digit lead of the night at 25-15, then Copley sank two more charity tosses to secure the hosts’ biggest advantage of the game at 32-20 with 1:13 left in the contest.

Jacy Jones followed with five consecutive points, allowing the Lady Hornets to close to within 32-25 with 58 seconds remaining. Jones fouled out 13 seconds later, and the guests were never closer the rest of the way.

The Lady Raiders — who were 12-of-17 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter — closed regulation with a small 4-3 run to wrap up the eight-point triumph.

RVHS connected on 15-of-23 charity tosses overall for 65 percent and made 10 field goals, including one trifecta from Copley early in the first quarter. Coal Grove, conversely, made each of its two free throw tries and sank 12 field goals total, which included a three-pointer apiece from Jacy Jones and Leah Crum.

Copley led the hosts with 12 points, followed by Leia Moore with 10 points and Rachael Smith with eight markers. Shelby Brown and Mikayla Pope rounded out the winning tally with four and two points, respectively.

Jacy Jones paced the Lady Hornets with a game-high 15 points, with 13 of those coming in the second half. Morgan Sites was next with six points, while Leslie Mulkey and Leah Crum respectively chipped in four and three markers.