PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — The River Valley girls basketball team committed 33 turnovers and were outscored 39-10 in the second half Thursday night during a 68-24 setback to host Fairland in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Lawrence County.
The Lady Raiders (1-5, 0-2 OVC) kept things interesting through one period of play as the guests trailed 12-7, but the Lady Dragons (4-0, 1-0) countered with a 17-7 surge in the second canto to claim a 29-14 advantage at the intermission.
RVHS was never closer the rest of the way, as Fairland went on a 21-4 charge in the third quarter to establish a 50-18 lead. FHS closed regulation with an 18-6 run to wrap up the 44-point triumph.
The Lady Raiders — who were without starting point guard and leading scorer Cady Gilmore — connected on just 7-of-36 field goal attempts for 19 percent, including a 2-of-6 effort from three-point territory for 33 percent. The guests were outrebounded 57-33 overall and recorded just three assists and two steals in the setback.
Chelsea Copley led River Valley with 11 points and six rebounds, followed by Shelby Brown and Leia Moore with four markers apiece. Brown and Moore also had five boards apiece, while Brown added three of the team’s four blocks.
Alexis Hurt chipped in three points for the guests, while Ramsey Warren rounded out the scoring with two markers. RVHS was 8-of-20 at the free throw line for 40 percent while dropping its third straight decision.
Fairland — which had 13 different players reach the scoring column — connected on 25-of-73 shot attempts for 34 percent, including a 3-of-17 effort from three-point range for 18 percent. The hosts also had 15 turnovers and sank 15-of-21 charity tosses for 71 percent.
Chandler Fulks paced FHS with a game-high 15 points, followed by Terra Stapleton with 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots.