RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Talk about a halftime adjustment.
The River Valley girls basketball team managed just nine points in the first half of Saturday evening’s non-conference showdown with Gallia Academy at the Rio Grande Women’s Basketball High School Classic. However, the Lady Raiders posted 44 points over the final two quarters to take the 53-42 victory.
The Blue Angels (0-2) jumped out to a 6-3 lead through the first eight minutes and pushed the advantage to 18-9 at halftime. River Valley (4-0) shot just 11.1 percent from the field in the opening half, while GAHS made 25 percent of its 28 shots from the field.
The Lady Raiders stormed out of the half, scoring 22 points to take a 31-25 lead headed into the finale. RVHS never trailed and led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter, cruising to a 53-42 victory.
Erin Jackson paced the Silver and Black with 15 points, followed by Shelby Brown with 13 and Leia Moore with 11. Courtney Smith posted six points, Tianna Qualls added four, while Jaden Neal and Maggie Campbell each finished with two points.
Gallia Academy’s scoring was led by Jordan Walker with 20 points and Jalea Caldwell with 18. Abby Cremeans and Kim Edelmann rounded out the GAHS scoring with two points each.
Qualls led River Valley on the glass with 11 rebounds, followed by Smith and Moore with seven each. Smith marked a team-best six assists, followed by Moore with three. Moore had two blocks and a steal to lead the RVHS defense, while Smith had three steals and Brown added two.
Walker, a senior at GAHS, posted a game-high 13 rebounds, while Caldwell added eight and Adrienne Jenkins had six. Caldwell had four assists to lead the Blue and White, while Carly Shriver had two assists. Caldwell also marked a team-high in steals with five, while Walker had two steals and a block. Shriver finished with one block and one steal, while Cremeans added two steals.
For the game River Valley shot 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line and 17-of-60 (28.3 percent) from the field, including 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team River Valley had 55 rebounds, 18 of which came on the offensive end, to go with 14 assists, seven steals, two blocks, 19 fouls and 23 turnovers.
The Blue Angels were just 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) from the charity stripe and 17-of-58 (29.3 percent) from the field, including 1-of-12 (8.3 percent) from three-point range. GAHS had 45 rebounds, 13 of which were offensive, while totalling 10 assists, 10 steals, four blocks, 20 fouls and 18 turnovers.
Gallia Academy defeated River Valley in 2-of-3 meetings last season, but the teams will not meet again this season.
RVHS, which visited Wellston on Monday, returns to the court on Thursday when Alexander visits Bidwell. Gallia Academy traveled to Rock Hill on Monday and will host Ironton on Thursday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.