GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Tic tac toe.
The Ohio Valley Christian girls basketball team earned it’s third consecutive trip to the Ohio Christian School Athletic Association final four with a 44-29 victory over Coshocton Christian in the regional final in Gallia County Saturday night.
Both sides of the ball were efficient for OVCS (6-13) in the opening period, as the Lady Defenders out scored CCS 14-5 over the opening eight minutes. Ohio Valley Christian doubled up the Lady Wildcats in the second with a 10-to-5 run that set the OVCS advantage at 24-10 at halftime.
The Lady defenders added nine to their lead in the third period, out scoring Coshocton Christian 13-to-4 in the quarter. Trailing by 23 the Lady Wildcats marked 15 points in the fourth quarter, while OVCS added seven to its total. Ohio Valley Christian claimed the 44-29 triumph and the trip to Circleville.
Madison Crank led the Lady Defenders with 19 points in the game, while becoming the Lady Defenders career all-time leading scorer at the 1,130 point mark.
Emily Carman marked 15 points in the game, Bekah Sargent added four, while Sarah Schoonover finished with three. Rachel Sargent with two points and Teah Elliott with one rounded out the Lady Defenders total.
Ohio Valley Christian shot 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from the free throw line in the triumph.
The Lady Wildcats were led by Sarah McCreery with 15 points, Lizzy Egbert with seven and Jesse Hedstram with six. Ashley Johnson finished with one point to round out the CCS total.
The Lady Wildcats finished 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the free throw line.
Ohio Valley Christian will face Northwest region champion Emanuel Christian at 3 p.m. Friday at Ohio Christian University in Circleville.