GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — There’s still work to be done.
The Cross Lanes Christian girls basketball team got out in front early and stayed there as the Lady Warriors defeated hosting Ohio Valley Christian 50-11 in a non-conference match-up on Monday night in Gallia County.
The young Lady Defenders (1-2) struggled on both sides of the ball throughout the contest.
It didn’t take the visitors long to take over the game. Abigail Jeffrey netted the Lady Warriors’ first basket of the game less than a minute into the contest. Cross Lanes continued to take advantage of the inexperianced Lady Defenders during the first quarter. Jessica Kendrick’s seven points in the first period helped give Cross Lanes a 19-0 lead after one quarter of play.
Jeffrey added four more points to the Lady Warriors’ lead early in the second quarter. Katie Bradley gave OVCS its first points of the game 14 minutes into the contest. Rachel Sargent netted another basket for the Lady Defenders with 27 seconds left in the first half. Cross Lanes took a 27-4 lead into halftime.
The Lady Warriors out-rebounded the home team by a 2-to-1 margin in the first half. The Blue and White also gave the ball away nine times after 16 minutes of play.
Bradley netted another basket for OVCS at the 6:39 mark of the third quarter. After consecutive baskets from Cross Lanes, Sargent connected with a lay-up at the 5:38 mark. Bradley snapped a 9-0 run from the Lady Warriors with a three-point shot with 2:27 left in the third period. The visitors led 42-11 after three quarter of play.
The Blue and White showed more defense in the fourth quarter — only allowing Cross Lanes eight points in the period — but the Lady Defenders’ offense struggled until the end of the contest.
The Lady Defenders shot 5-of-36 fields goals (19 percent), while the Lady Warriors finished with 24-of-74 (32.4 percent) from the field.
Bradley led OVCS with five points, followed by Sargent with four points and Ashley Childers with two points.
“Our inexperience showed tonight,” OVCS coach Chris Burnett said. “We missed a lot of easy shots that were open early in the game that kind of got us down and had a little trouble holding on to the ball. It just snowballed on us. Cross Lanes got us down early. At halftime, we regrouped, came back and played a good first few minutes of the third quarter. We’re going to keep working to get better.
Kendrick led the Lady Warriors with 12 points, followed by Jeffrey and Kathryn Legg with 10 points each. Lakin Brown finished with six points, while Haley Stepp and Rachel Plants had four points apiece. Amanda Montgomery and Lexi Brown each contributed two points for Cross Lanes.
The Lady Defenders’ next game will take place at Teays Valley Christian on Friday. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106