BIDWELL, Ohio — In a season of running into buzz-saws, the Lady Raiders ran headlong into the Buckeyes on Monday night.
That’s because host River Valley, in being outscored 56-27 through the opening three quarters, couldn’t keep pace with the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes — falling 72-41 in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division girls basketball makeup matchup.
Nelsonville-York outscored the Lady Raiders 20-13 in the opening quarter, then stymied River Valley to single digits in the next two periods — by a combined mark of 36-14.
As a result, the Buckeyes built comfortable cushions of 39-21 at halftime — and a more than doubled 56-27 tally following three frames.
With the loss, the Lady Raiders fell to 2-10 —and 2-3 in the TVC-Ohio.
Nelsonville-York, in chasing division leader Alexander (5-0 TVC-Ohio), improved to 11-2 — and 5-1 in the league.
The Buckeyes held a 28-10 advantage in total field goals — as River Valley made five twos and five threes.
Nelsonville-York also overcame only making half (13) of its 25 free throws — by drilling 25 deuces and three treys.
Erin Jackson, on four field goals and 8-of-10 free throws, paced the Lady Raiders with 18 points.
She scored half of those in the final stanza —on her second three-pointer and 6-of-8 freebies.
Beth Gillman, on a pair of triples and a foul shot, scored seven — as she had four points in the third period, along with Jackson’s other two free throws.
Jackson’s two deuces came in the second quarter, along with a pair of free throws from Kaylee Gillman and Jessica Steele.
Steele and Jaden Neal netted five points apiece, as Neal nailed the club’s other three in the fourth.
Cierra Roberts, with a first-quarter bucket, and Savannah Reese —with a fourth-quarter field goal — rounded out the River Valley scoring.
Nelsonville-York’s Jessi Addis amassed a game-high 23 points — on nine total field goals and four made free throws.
She bagged one of the Buckeyes’ three treys, as Camrin Dupler dropped in the other two.
The Lady Raiders return to TVC-Ohio action on Thursday night —when they visit Vinton County.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106