BIDWELL, Ohio — On to the next one.
Little went well for the River Valley girls basketball team Monday night during a 53-26 setback to visiting Vinton County in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Raiders (7-3, 3-2 TVC Ohio) led twice and made their first four shots attempts, but the hosts followed by netting just seven of their remaining 39 tries while also committing 24 turnovers in the contest.
The Lady Vikings (7-2, 4-1) grabbed a permanent lead on a pair of free throws by Michaela Puckett at 7-6 with 5:20 remaining in the opening stanza, then gradually extended that cushion by forcing 15 first half miscues en route to a 32-13 intermission advantage.
Leia Moore sank two free throws at the 6:05 mark of the third to pull RVHS to within 32-15, but the Silver and Black never came closer the rest of the way. VCHS — as part of a 30-9 surge over the middle quarters — ended the third period with a 15-4 run to secure a 47-19 lead headed into the finale.
River Valley — which led 2-0 and 6-5 in the opening two minutes of regulation — ended the game with a small 7-6 run to wrap up the 27-point outcome. The Lady Vikings established their biggest lead of the night at 53-24 following a basket by Alexis Williams at the 3:23 mark of the fourth.
The Lady Raiders connected on 11-of-43 shot attempts overall for 26 percent, including a 2-of-5 effort from three-point range for 40 percent. The hosts outrebounded VCHS 27-24 and also sank 2-of-6 free throws for 33 percent.
Shelby Brown and Erin Jackson both paced RVHS with seven points apiece, followed by four markers each from Moore, Tianna Qualls and Jaden Neal. Brown led River Valley with seven rebounds and Courtney Smith also added five hauled in five caroms.
The Lady Vikings made 19-of-46 shot attempts for 41 percent, which included a 7-of-21 effort from behind the arc for 33 percent. The guests committed 15 turnovers and also went 8-of-9 at the charity stripe for 89 percent.
Jalen Hale led Vinton County with game-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds, followed by Puckett with 16 points and six boards. Darian Radabaugh also added five points to the winning cause.
Williams and Sammy Thompson each netted four points for the guests, while Katie Fee and Hannah Radabaugh rounded out the scoring with three markers apiece.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.