ALBANY, Ohio — A slow start spoils the Lady Raiders evening.
The River Valley girls basketball team was held to just two points in the opening quarter of Monday night’s non-conference loss to Alexander. The Lady Spartans took the 55-41 victory in front of their home crowd.
The Lady Raiders (3-2) were outscored 12-to-2 in the opening period and 13-to-9 in the second to give Alexander the 25-11 advantage at halftime. Following the break the RVHS defense stepped up holding AHS to eight points in the third and cut the lead to 13 points. RVHS rallied for 21 points in the finale but Alexander scored 22, sealing the 55-41 victory.
Rachael Smith led River Valley with 21 points, followed by Chelsea Copley with 12 and Leia Moore with five. Tianna Qualls had two points, while Bailey Adkins rounded out the Silver and Black scoring with one point.
Alexanders was led by Leah Richardson with 24 points, followed by Marilyn Rankin with seven. Allyson Malone and Alexis Mohler each had six points, Carrie Nostant added four, Makina Milam marked three, while Kendall Meeks and Chandra Wilson each had two. M.J. Daugherty rounded out the Lady Spartan scoring with one point in the win.
RVHS will have its shot at revenge on January 25, when the Lady Spartans travel to Bidwell.