GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Revenge at its finest.
The Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team avenged a December 11 loss at Teays Valley Christian on Friday night, as the Lady Defenders earned a 54-45 victory over the Lady Lions, in the Old French City.
TVCS scored the first five points of the game, but Ohio Valley Christian (3-6) answered with a 15-to-7 run to end the first with a 15-12 lead. Teays Valley Christian pulled in nine offensive rebounds in the second quarter alone, but the Lady Lions were held to just 4-of-21 shooting in the period, and the Lady Defenders held a 27-24 lead at the break.
TCVS began the second half with a 8-4 run, which gave the Lady Lions a 32-31 lead with 5:30 left in the third period. OVCS scored 10 of the next 14 points and led 41-36 headed into the fourth quarter.
“After they came out in the first part of the second half, we called a timeout, settled down and adjusted the defense a little bit,” OVCS head coach Chris Burnett said. “They were killing us on offensive rebounds and underneath in the post, so we made sure to pack it in a little. We were able to cut them off on the inside and keep putting the ball in the basket.”
Ohio Valley Christian’s lead never sank below five points in the fourth quarter and the Lady Defenders cruised to the 54-45 victory.
“It’s a very big win,” Burnett said. “Starting out we we’re a very inexperienced team, so we’ve been growing. I knew that we were going to start to click, and we’ve started playing well. It’s a huge win for confidence and it will hopefully propel us into the last part of the season.”
Rachel Sargent led the Lady Defenders with 27 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Katie Bradley with 15 points and 12 boards. Emily Childers scored seven points, Cori Hutchison added four, while Kristen Durst rounded out the OVCS scoring with two points.
Childers led OVCS with six assists, followed by Bradley with five. Durst posted a team-best three steals, while Sargent had two steals and two blocks.
Ohio Valley Christian shot 4-of-5 (80 percent) from the free throw line and 23-of-54 (42.6 percent) from the field, including 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from three-point range. As a team the Lady Defenders marked 21 defensive rebounds, 10 offensive rebounds, 15 assists, nine steals, three blocked shots and 13 turnovers.
Holly Edwards led the Lady Lions with 26 points, followed by Katie Lucas with 12, Paige Williams with five and Abby Adams with two. Lucas pulled in 15 rebounds to lead TVCS, while Edwards, Williams and Maddie Lambert each had two assists. Lambert charged the Teays Valley Christian defense with one steal and one block.
TVCS shot 1-of-3 (33.3 percent) from the free throw line and 18-of-69 (26.1 percent) from the field, including 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team the Lady Lions had 20 defensive rebounds, 22 offensive rebounds, nine assists, four steals, one block and 14 turnovers.
The Lady Defenders return to action on Monday at Ironton St. Joseph.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.