BIDWELL, Ohio — A 10-2 run over the final 5:15 of regulation ultimately allowed River Valley to break away from a 40-all tie Monday night and claim a 50-42 victory over visiting Meigs in a non-conference girls basketball matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Raiders (2-0) built a big lead early on, as the hosts made 8-of-11 shot attempts in the first quarter while establishing a comfortable 19-9 cushion after eight minutes of play.
RVHS — which never trailed in the first half — cooled off considerably in the second canto, hitting just 4-of-20 shots while the Lady Marauders used a small 10-9 run to close to within 28-19 at the intermission.
Meigs (1-1) — which made just 8-of-21 shot attempts in the first half — made its big charge in the third period, as the guests went on a 15-7 run to pull to within a point at 35-34 headed into the finale.
The game was tied at 36-, 38- and 40-all down the stretch, but River Valley finished the fourth quarter on a 15-8 surge — including the 10-2 run over the final five-plus minutes — to remain unbeaten with the eight-point triumph.
MHS — which made only four of 12 shots in the first quarter — trailed by as many as 10 points three separate times in the opening stanza and was down by as much as 28-16 with 3:43 left in the first half.
River Valley, however, went scoreless the rest of the second canto, and an old-fashioned three-point play by Hannah Cremeans allowed Meigs to close the gap down to nine headed into the break.
The Lady Marauders committed 11 turnovers and hauled in nine rebounds in the first half, while the Lady Raiders made nine miscues and pulled down 14 rebounds in the opening 16 minutes of play. RVHS also held a small 8-7 edge on the offensive glass at halftime.
A trifecta by Leia Moore at the 6:57 mark of the third enabled the hosts to extend their lead to 31-21, but Meigs went on a 5-0 run over the next 2:10 to pull to within two possessions at 31-26. RVHS ended a 3:27 scoreless drought at the 3:29 mark after Shelby Brown hit a pair of free throws, giving River Valley a 33-26 edge.
The Lady Marauders, however, countered with eight straight points — as Andrus scored on an offensive rebound and putback at the 1:24 mark to give MHS its first lead of the night at 34-33. Rachael Smith ended another 3:27 RVHS scoreless drought with a bucket just before the buzzer, allowing the hosts to take a 35-34 edge into the fourth.
Chelsea Copley hit 1-of-2 free throws at the 6:59 mark to up the lead to 36-34, but Meigs received consecutive baskets from Kelsey Hudson and Sadie Fox over the next 40-plus seconds to claim a 38-36 lead with 6:16 left in regulation.
The Lady Raiders countered with four straight points to reclaim the lead at 40-38, but Danielle Morris hit a jumper at the 5:16 mark to knot things up at 40-all.
Meigs didn’t score again until the 1:47 remained in regulation, pulling the guests to within 46-42. River Valley — which made 7-of-14 free throw attempts in the fourth — scored the final four points of the game to wrap up the three-possession decision.
The Lady Raiders claimed a 30-26 overall advantage in rebounds, but Meigs grabbed a small 14-13 edge on the offensive glass. RVHS also committed 19 turnovers in the game, compared to 18 by the Lady Marauders.
River Valley connected on 18-of-52 field goal attempts for 34.6 percent, while the guests sank 17-of-48 floor attempts for 35.4 percent. Both teams were 1-of-9 from three-point range for 11.1 percent.
Leia Moore led the hosts with a game-high 14 points, followed by Chelsea Copley with 13 points and Courtney Smith with nine markers. Rachael Smith and Tianna Qualls both contributed six points apiece to the winning cause, while Shelby Brown rounded things out with two markers.
Kelsey Hudson paced the Lady Marauders with 13 points, followed by Hannah Cremeans with 11 points and Brook Andrus with 10 points. Danielle Morris chipped in four markers, while Ariel Ellis and Sadie Fox rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
River Valley was 13-of-22 at the free throw line for 59.1 percent, while Meigs finished the evening 7-of-19 at the charity stripe for 36.8 percent.