Lady Defenders outlast Wahama, 32-25


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Ohio Valley Christian junior Rachel Sargent (11) releases a shot attempt in front of Wahama defenders Molly Fisher (22), Olivia Hill (20), Maddy VanMatre and Kymber Bowyer (15) during the first half of Monday night’s non-conference girls basketball contest in Gallipolis, Ohio.


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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Lady Falcons never trailed before halftime. The same couldn’t be said from there.

The Ohio Valley Christian girls made a 21-14 second half charge and handed visiting Wahama its 63rd consecutive setback Monday night following a 32-25 victory in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.

The Lady Falcons (0-20) twice led by seven points in the opening half, but the host Lady Defenders (6-10) rallied to knot things up at 11-all headed into the break.

OVCS never trailed after the intermission and eventually battled its way out to a 19-17 edge through three periods of play, then the Blue and White opened the fourth with a 9-3 run to secure their largest lead of the game at 28-20 with 3:21 left in regulation.

WHS — which committed nine turnovers in the fourth quarter — charged back to within four points (28-24) following a basket by Maddy VanMatre with 2:56 left. The Red and White, however, were never closer as Ohio Valley Christian closed the game on a 4-1 run to wrap up the seven-point outcome.

The Lady Falcons — who have now lost 62 consecutive basketball games — led 7-2 midway through the first canto, then neither team scored the remainder of the way. OVCS also trailed 11-4 two minutes into the second stanza, but Rachel Sargent scored five of the hosts’ next seven points to knot things up at halftime.

Sargent — who finished the night with game-highs of 15 points and 16 rebounds — also gave the Lady Defenders a permanent advantage (19-17) following a pair of successful free throws with 52.9 seconds left in the third quarter.

OVCS connected on 10-of-38 field goal attempts for 26 percent, including a 2-of-9 effort from three-point range for 26 percent. The hosts committed 19 turnovers and also went 10-of-37 at the free throw line for 27 percent.

Katie Bradley followed Sargent with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Kristen Durst and Emily Childers respectively rounded out the winning tally with four points and one point.

The Lady Falcons netted 10-of-61 shot attempts for 16 percent, which included a 1-of-15 effort from behind the arc for seven percent. WHS committed 17 turnovers and also went 4-of-8 at the charity stripe for 50 percent.

Olivia Hill paced Wahama with 13 points, followed by VanMatre with six markers and a team-best 14 rebounds. Faith Henry added three points, Kumber Bowyer scored two markers and Lauren Bissell rounded out the scoring with one point.

Both teams hauled in 38 rebounds total, including 13 apiece by each squad on the offensive glass.

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Ohio Valley Christian junior Rachel Sargent (11) releases a shot attempt in front of Wahama defenders Molly Fisher (22), Olivia Hill (20), Maddy VanMatre and Kymber Bowyer (15) during the first half of Monday night’s non-conference girls basketball contest in Gallipolis, Ohio.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_2.10-OVC-Sargent.jpgOhio Valley Christian junior Rachel Sargent (11) releases a shot attempt in front of Wahama defenders Molly Fisher (22), Olivia Hill (20), Maddy VanMatre and Kymber Bowyer (15) during the first half of Monday night’s non-conference girls basketball contest in Gallipolis, Ohio. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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