Lady Defenders surge past PCA, 48-37

Bryan Walters

January 28, 2014

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A third quarter charge ultimately made all the difference for the Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team Monday night during a 48-37 victory over host Parkersburg Christian in a non-conference matchup in Wood County.

The visiting Lady Defenders (7-9) struggled in the opening period, as the Lady Knights (7-5) stormed out to a 12-6 edge through eight minutes of play. OVCS countered with a small 8-6 spurt in the second canto, allowing the guests to close to within 18-14 at the intermission.

The Lady Defenders made their big push after halftime, as the Blue and Gold made a 20-7 surge to turn a two-possession deficit into a comfortable 34-25 cushion headed into the finale. OVCS — which went a perfect 4-of-4 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter — closed regulation with a 14-12 run, wrapping up the 11-point triumph.

It was the third time this season that the Lady Defenders defeated PCA on its home floor. OVCS also picked up 49-39 and 54-35 decisions over the Lady Knights at the 2013 Parkersburg Christian Tournament in December.

Emily Carman led OVCS with a game-high 21 points, 18 of which came in the second half. Bekah Sargent was next with 18 points, while Rachel Sargent contributed four markers.

Sarah Schoonover and Cassandra Hucthinson each added two points to the winning cause, while Teah Elliott rounded out the winning tally with one marker. The guests were also 10-of-15 at the charity stripe for 67 percent.

Camie Marlow paced Parkersburg Christian with 14 points, a dozen of which came in the first half. Cain was next for the hosts with nine markers. PCA was 3-of-8 at the charity stripe for 38 percent.