PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — Sometimes a fast start can be just what you need.
The Fairland girls basketball team outscored visiting River Valley by 16 in the first quarter of Monday night’s 53-34 Lady Dragon’s Ohio Valley Conference victory.
Fairland (18-3, 10-0 OVC) charged out to a 19-to-3 advantage through the first eight minutes of play, and expanded the lead to 30-11 at halftime.
The Lady Raiders (8-12, 3-6) scored 13 points in the third period, trimming the Lady Dragons’ lead by one. Fairland outscored RVHS 11-to-10 in the fourth to seal the 53-34 win and its third consecutive perfect OVC mark.
Leia Moore led the Silver and Black with 11 points, followed by Shelby Brown and Chelsea Copley with eight apiece. Tianna Qualls added four points, while Rachael Smith rounded out the River Valley scoring with three markers. RVHS was 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) from the free throw line and hit six three-pointers in the game, led by Moore with three and Copley with two.
Fairland was paced by Chandler Fulks with 12 points and Terra Stapleton with 11. Bre Dickess contributed eight points, Mackenzie Riley and Caitlin Stone each had six, while Kelsey Riley had four. Jordan Fulks and Taylor Perry each marked two points, rounding out the Lady Dragon total.
FHS shot 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) from the free throw line and hit two trifectas in the win.
Fairland also defeated RVHS on December 19, in Bidwell by a count of 62-28.