River Valley holds off Lady Marauders, 47-44

Alex Hawley

January 13, 2014

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Both teams had a chance to win, but in the end the Lady Raiders took home the victory.

The River Valley girls basketball escaped Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium with a 47-44 victory Saturday night, over the host Meigs Lady Marauders.

River Valley (5-7) scored the first seven points of the game but over the final 3:30 of the first quarter Meigs (3-8) outscored RVHS 6-to-2. The Lady Raiders began to take charge in the second quarter and led 26-16 at halftime.

The Lady Marauders worked the game back to sigle digits, outscoring River Valley 10-to-8 in the third period. At the 1:34 mark of the fourth quarter Kelsey Hudson was fouled, while hitting a three-pointer that pulled Meigs within one point at 42-41.

The ensuing free throw was missed but Meigs grabbed the rebound. Meigs missed another attempt at the free throw line and River Valley took possession. The Lady Raiders hit 3-of-4 free throws from the line over a 15 second span to extend the lead back to four.

With 19 seconds remaining MHS junior Hannah Cremeans hit a three pointer to cut the RVHS lead to one point. After a quick foul Chelsea Copley hit both free throws for River Valley. A last second three with a chance to tie was missed by Meigs and RVHS held on to win 47-44.

Chelsea Copley lead River Valley with 15 points, followed by Shelby Brown and Rachael Smith with eight apiece. Courtney Smith had six points, while Leia Moore and Mikayla Pope each had five for the Lady Raiders.

RVHS shot 16-of-36 (44.4 percent) from the field and 14-of-26 (53.8 percent) from the charity stripe. As a team River Valley had 28 rebounds, 28 turnovers, 11 steals, four assists and one block.

Rachael Smith paced RVHS with 10 rebounds, followed by Brown with five and Moore with four. Copley had a team-high two assists, while Courtney Smith and Brown each had one. Courtney Smith led the defense with five steals, while Rachael Smith had two steals and a block.

The Maroon and Gold were led by Kelsey Hudson with 19 points, followed by Hannah Cremeans and Brook Andrus with nine each. Morgan Russell had three points, while Ariel Ellis and Danielle Morris each finished with two for Meigs.

Meigs shot 19-of-62 (30.6 percent) from the field and 4-of-10 (40 percent) from the charity stripe. As a team the Lady Marauders had 26 rebounds, 19 turnovers, 10 steals, six assists and one block.

Andrus finished with a team-best seven rebounds, followed by Russell with five and Ellis with four. Hudson led the way with four assists, followed by Andrus with two. Hudson also led the defense with a block and two steals, while Bre Colburn, Andrus and Morris also each had two steals.

River Valley also defeated Meigs on December 2, by a count of 50-42 in Bidwell.