Last updated: January 15. 2014 12:43AM - 751 Views
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A 17-5 second quarter surge ultimately made all the difference for host Grace Christian Tuesday night following a 49-38 victory over the Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Cabell County.

The visiting Lady Defenders (4-7) battled through a tightly-contested first quarter to trail 11-8 after eight minutes of play, but the Lady Soldiers countered with their big charge of the night to secure a comfortable 28-13 advantage at the intermission.

OVCS responded with a small 10-9 third quarter run to close the gap down to 37-23 entering the finale, then closed regulation with a 15-12 spurt — but ultimately never came closer than three possessions down the stretch.

Bekah Sargent led the Lady Defenders with 14 points, followed by Emily Carman with nine points and Teah Elliott with eight markers. Rachel Sargent also had seven points for OVCS, which went 9-of-13 at the free throw line for 69 percent.

Shelby Cicenas paced Grace with a game-high 23 points, followed by Sarah Pitts with 17 points and Jill Salyers with four markers. The Lady Soldiers sank 11-of-21 charity tosses for 52 percent.

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