STEWART, Ohio — It just wasn’t meant to be.
An 11-8 third quarter run ultimately made all the difference for host Federal Hocking on Monday night during a 45-42 decision over the River Valley girls basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Athens County.
The visiting Lady Raiders (8-8) received five points from Jaden Neal and four points from Courtney Smith while storming out to an early 14-5 advantage after eight minutes of play, but the Lady Lancers (3-13) answered with three trifectas as part of 15-6 second quarter run that knotted things up at 20-all entering halftime.
Destiny Tabler scored seven of the hosts’ 11 markers during that pivotal third period run that gave FHHS a 31-28 lead, then both teams traded 14 points apiece down the stretch to wrap up the one-possession outcome. Federal Hocking has now won two of its last three outings.
Both Leia Moore and Tianna Qualls fouled out late in the fourth quarter for RVHS, which also went a mere 2-of-7 at the free throw line for 29 percent. Fed Hock, conversely, netted 6-of-10 charity tosses in the fourth quarter and went 11-of-17 overall for 65 percent.
Smith led the guests with 11 points and Neal was next with seven markers. Qualls, Moore and Erin Jackson were next with six points apiece, while Beth Gillman and Maggie Campbell rounded out the respective scoring with four and two markers.
The Silver and Black hit four of their 18 field goals from behind the arc, including a pair by Jackson and one each from Neal and Gillman. RVHS was also without the services of senior starter Shelby Brown.
Tabler paced the Lady Lancers with a game-high 15 points, followed by Gracie Beha with nine markers. Hannah Dunfee and Skylar Hatfield were next with seven points each, while Jordan Gillian contributed four points.
Brittni Jackson wrapped up the winning tally with three points. The hosts netted four of their 15 field goals from three-point territory, including a pair by Tabler and one each from Jackson and Dunfee.
River Valley returns to action Thursday when it travels to Albany for a TVC Ohio contest against Alexander at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.