GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Madison Crank became the third female in Ohio Valley Christian School history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau Thursday night during a 71-27 victory over visiting Pike Christian Academy in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
Crank — whose been on the Lady Defenders’ varsity squad since her eighth grade season — needed five points entering Thursday night’s contest against the Lady Lions, and the senior wasted little time in reaching that mark.
Crank hit a short jumper from the left block with around three minutes left in the opening period, which allowed her to join both Abby Mein and Hallie Carter in the 1,000-point sorority at OVCS.
That basket was part of a 23-7 first quarter surge, which ultimately set the table for things to come on the evening.
The Lady Defenders (3-10) followed with a 24-8 second quarter charge to secure a 47-15 edge at the intermission, then the hosts made a 14-3 run in the third canto to claim a sizable 61-18 lead headed into the finale.
Pike Christian Academy (4-3) kept things more respectable in the fourth, but the guests were still outscored by a small 10-9 margin — allowing Ohio Valley Christian to wrap up the 44-point triumph.
In a statement released by her coach, Chris Burnett, Crank spoke of the milestone and what it meant to her.
“I never could have reached this goal without the love and support of my coaches, family and friends,” Crank said of her accomplishment. “Thank you to everyone who helped to make the night so special. I feel so blessed, and I thank God for giving me the ability to play basketball.”
Bekah Sargent led OVCS with a game-high 20 points, followed by Crank with 16 points and Emily Carman with 15 markers. Sarah Schoonover and Teah Elliott each contributed eight points, while McKinsey Saunders rounded things out with four markers. The Lady Defenders made 33 field goals and were also 2-of-3 at the free throw line for 67 percent.
Nicole Garmen paced the Lady Lions with 13 points, followed by Brittany Garmen with 11 points and Audrey Patton with three markers. PCA was 1-of-6 at the charity stripe for 17 percent.