GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — There’s a reason they’re called Lady Defenders.
The Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team certainly lived up to its nickname on Thursday evening, as the Lady Defenders claimed a 25-19 victory over visiting Hannan.
The Lady Wildcats (0-7) scored the game’s first four points, but didn’t make a field goal for the remainder of the first half. Ohio Valley Christian (2-4) didn’t score until the 3:10 mark of the first quarter, but led 6-to-4 at the conclusion of the period.
OVCS outscored Hannan 6-to-1 in the second quarter, extending the lead to 12-5 headed into the halftime break.
The Lady Wildcats cut the lead to five within the opening minute of the third quarter, but OVCS built the lead to a game-high nine points, at 19-10, with one minute left in the period. Hannan ended the third with a 4-0 run, and trailed 19-14 with one quarter to play.
HHS never pulled within five points in the finale, as OVCS sealed the 25-19 win with a 6-5 run.
For the game the Lady Defenders were 10-of-38 (26.3 percent) from the field, including 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Hannan shot 8-of-49 (16.3 percent) from the field, including 0-of-8 from three-point range. Both teams made three free throws, Hannan in 14 attempts and Ohio Valley Christian in eight tries.
The Lady Wildcats claimed a 43-to-27 rebounding advantage, including 19-to-5 on the offensive glass. However, OVCS held a 18-to-20 advantage in turnovers.
Rachel Sargent led the Lady Defenders on both offense and defense with 15 points, eight rebounds, six steals and four blocked shots. Cori Hutchison scored six points for the victors, Katie Bradley added four points, while Emily Childers had a team-best two assists.
Lindsey Holley led the guests with five points, followed by Madison Staggs and Cassidy Duffer with four each. Maggie Waugh and Julie Frazier both had two points, while Bailey Tolliver and Josie McCoy each scored one. Waugh had a game-best 12 rebounds, Duffer led the Lady Wildcats with two assists, while Pammie Ochs had four steals in the setback.
OVCS and HHS will collide again on February 13, in Ashton.
The Lady Defenders play in the Covenant Tournament on Friday and Saturday, and will play at Wood County Christian on Tuesday.
Hannan returns to action at Riverside, on Tuesday, in the second of the Lady Wildcats three straight on the road.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.