PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — River Valley committed twice as many turnovers as Fairland Friday night as the Dragons took the 68-46 Ohio Valley Conference victory in Lawrence County.
FHS (4-2, 2-0 OVC) got off to a hot start out scoring River Valley (1-4, 0-2) 20-10 over the opening eight minutes of the contest. The Dragons out scored RVHS by 10 for the second consecutive period in the second to take the 37-17 halftime lead.
The Silver and Black offense got on track after the break, scoring 17 in the third period. The Dragons scored 19 and led 56-34 headed into the finale. The teams played evenly over the final eight minutes and Fairland took the 68-46 win.
River Valley was led by the post duo of Ethan Dovenbarger and Seann Roberts with 11 points apiece. Jacob Gilmore and Tyler Twyman each had six points, Justin Rush had five and Joseph Loy chipped in with three. Burnie Stanley and Kirk Morrow rounded out the RVHS scoring with two points apiece. Roberts led the Raiders with eight rebounds on the night.
Thayer Flynn led the Dragons with 13 points on the night, followed by Chance Short with nine and Cody Midkiff with eight.
Each team pulled down 36 rebounds on the night but Fairland held a 26-to-13 turnover advantage. RVHS was 16-of-44 (36.4 percent) from the field, including 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from beyond the arc. All of River Valley’s free throw attempts came after halftime and the Raiders shot a notable 12-of-16 (75 percent) from the free throw line. Fairland was 23-of-63 (36.5 percent) from the field, 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) from three-point range and 7-of-10 (70 percent) from the charity stripe in the contest.
The 68 points surrendered to Fairland is the most allowed by River Valley this season. RVHS has now lost four consecutive contests.
The Raiders will have their shot at revenge on January 18th when the Dragons travel to Bidwell.