Late surge lifts Lady Defenders past WCC, 26-19

By Bryan Walters -

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — A 15-8 second half surge ultimately made all the difference for the Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team Tuesday night following a 26-19 victory over host Wood County Christian in a non-conference matchup in the Mountain State.

The visiting Lady Defenders (3-5) found themselves deadlocked with Lady Wildcats at four after eight minutes of play and were again tied at 11-all headed into the break.

OVCS, however, made a small 4-2 third quarter run to claim a 15-13 edge entering the finale, then netted 7-of-8 free throw attempts as part of an 11-6 run to close out regulation while securing the hard-fought seven-point triumph.

Ohio Valley Christian connected on 9-of-42 shot attempts for 21 percent, which included a 0-for-12 effort from behind the arc. The guests hauled in 16 rebounds, committed 10 turnovers and were also 8-of-11 at the charity stripe for 73 percent.

Rachel Sargent led OVCS with game-highs of 17 points, eight rebounds and nine blocked shots. Katie Bradley was next with eight points, while Emily Childers rounded out the winning tally with one marker.

Sargent, Bradley and Kristen Durst also had three steals apiece for the Lady Defenders.

Sarah Barnes led WCCS with 13 points, followed by Emily Browning, Bridget Scott and Hannah Davis with two markers apiece.

The hosts made only one of their eight field goals from three-point range and also went 2-of-2 at the charity stripe.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters