PEDRO, Ohio — Hitting their free throws down the stretch led to the Lady Raiders third consecutive league win.
The River Valley girls basketball team hit 11 free throws in the fourth period en route to a 61-47 Ohio Valley Conference victory over host Rock Hill in Lawrence County Thursday.
The Silver and Black (7-14, 4-6, OVC) effectively used the three pointer in the opening period, hitting a quartet of triples en route to a 20-11 first quarter lead. The Lady Raiders out scored RHHS (6-14, 4-6) by for in the second period and led 33-20 at halftime. Eight different Lady Raiders scored in the opening half.
River Valley’s lead was cut to 10 points after Redwomen went on 16-to-13 run in the third period. Rock Hill scored 11 in the finale but River Valley marked 15 to seal the 61-47 victory.
Cady Gilmore led River Valley with 17 points, including a 7-of-7 performance from the charity stripe in the fourth period. Leia Moore had 12 points, followed by Shelby Brown with 11 and Chelsea Copley with seven. Tianna Qualls notched six points, Shalin Comer had four points, while Courtney Smith and Rachael Smith each finished with two.
Moore led the glass attack for RVHS with 10 rebounds, followed by Gilmore with seven and Copley with six. Brown had two blocks to lead the Lady Raiders defense, while Gilmore, Moore and Courtney Smith each had one steal. Gilmore’s six assists led RVHS.
As a team River Valley had 34 rebounds, two blocks, three steals, 13 assists and 18 rebounds. The Silver and Black shot 20-of-28 (71.4 percent) from the free throw line in the triumph. Gilmore accounted for a trio of RVHS triples, while Copley and Moore had the other two.
Brook Knapp with 17 points and Katie Johnson with 15 points led the Redwomen. Kaci Russell had eight points, while Kelsey Blagg and Lindy Simpson each had three points. Sarah Travis finished with one point to round out the RHHS scoring.
The Lady Raiders fell to Rock Hill in the first meeting by a count of 73-60 in Bidwell.