CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Sometimes it’s all about the way you start.
The Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team led by double-digits at halftime of Saturday morning’s OCSAA consolation game at Ohio Christian University, and the Lady Defenders held off the Thunder for the 38-34 triumph.
The Lady Defenders stormed to a 12-3 lead at the end of the opening period, sparked by a pair of three-pointers from Emily Carman. Monclova Christian two trifctas of its own in the second quarter but OVCS marked 10 points in the second and led 22-11 at the midway point.
Following the break MCS went on a bit of a run, outscoring Ohio Valley Christian 8-to-7 in the third quarter and trimming the Lady Defender lead to 10 points with eight minutes to play. The Thunder rallied back with 15 fourth quarter points but the Blue and Gold of OVCS marked nine in the period to secure the 38-34 victory.
Emily Carman led the Lady Defenders with 26 points including a quintet of three-pointers. Bekah Sargent had eight points, while Rachel Sargent and Cassandra Hutchinson each marked two in the win. OVCS was just 3-of-17 from the free throw line for 17.6 percent.
Rachel Keiser led the Thunder with 24 points, 18 of which came on six trifectas. Gretchen Bersinger marked five points, Marta Huffaker added three and Kenzie Simon rounded out the MCS total with two points. Monclova Christian shot 8-of-18 from the free throw line for 44.4 percent.
This marks the final game for OVCS senior Sarah Schoonover, as well as MCS seniors Danna Gomez and Gretchen Bersinger. In the OCSAA championship game the Cornerstone Christian Lady Patriots defeated the Temple Christian Lady Tigers.