Lady Defenders top Calvary, 37-24

By Bryan Walters -

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Score one for the road team.

Junior Rachel Sargent posted a triple-double effort of 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks while helping the Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team pick up its first win of the season Friday night during a 37-24 decision over host Calvary Baptist Academy in a non-conference matchup in Putnam County.

The Lady Defenders (1-1) led after each of the four quarters of play, but a 12-5 third quarter surge ultimately allowed the guests to turn a slim 17-13 halftime in advantage into a comfortable 29-18 cushion headed into the finale. The Lady Patriots never fully recovered, as OVCS closed regulation with a small 8-6 run to wrap up the 13-point triumph.

Sargent had eight of the Lady Defenders’ 10 points in the second canto, then tacked on six points in each of the final two frames to finish with a game-high 23 points. Emily Childers was next with six points, while Cori Hutchison chipped in four markers to the winning cause.

Katie Bradley and Ashley Childers rounded out the OVCS tally with two points apiece. The guests were 3-of-6 at the free throw line for 50 percent.

Emily Childers led Ohio Valley Christian with six steals and Sargent chipped in three steals as well. Bradley and Hutchison also hauled in eight and six rebounds, respectively.

Hannah Bailey paced CBA with 13 points, followed by Jancee Crotts with six points and Mouse Smith with three markers. Sydney Facemyer also had two points for the Lady Patriots, who did not attempt a free throw in the contest.

The Lady Defenders return home Monday when they welcome Cross Lanes Christian for a 6 p.m. contest.

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

By Bryan Walters