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River Valley Downs Clear Fork

River Valley outscored Clear Fork (17-5) in the second quarter and they beat the Lady Colts (47-37) in a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game on Tuesday night at Les Hauenstein Gym.

River Valley coach Tim Chiles says they calmed down in the second quarter. “We don’t have a lot of experience. We had started out 0-3 and just figuring out how to win and play together. I think once they felt that momentum going their way we were able to pull away and get that win we needed,” said Chiles.

Clear Fork (0-2,0-1) led (9-8) after the first quarter, but the Lady Vikings took the lead for good (11-9) on a three pointer by Taylor Hecker with 5:30 to go in the second quarter. Madi Lott led River Valley with nine points, all on threes, Hecker had eight.

Clear Fork coach Randy Pore says they had too many turnovers and that hurt them Tuesday night and it going to hurt them all season if they don’t clean that up. “Too many turnovers. We did the same thing against Shelby. It seems like we pick and choose when we handle the ball poorly. That is one thing that is going to hold us back during the season and is going hold us under .500. I think if we can handle the ball, I see us being an above .500 team,” said Pore.

River Valley led by as many as 15 twice in the third quarter, the last coming at (36-21) at the end of the third. Clear Fork rallied back to cut it to six (41-35) on Valerie Golden’s hoop with 2:44 to play in the contest. Pore says he was proud of the late game push, but they have to be more consistent. “We were able to turn it on, we have to make sure we don’t turn it off. We have to keep it on all four quarters. I know the second quarter really hurt us when they took a double digit lead into halftime when we had a lead after the first quarter, so we have to find four quarters in a row,” he said.

Morgan Galeo led Clear Fork with nine points. Brooke Robinson and Kali Weikle both had eight.

River Valley (1-3,1-1) made nine of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter, including six of six in the final 1:13 of the game to secure their first win and Chiles says they stayed tough. “We have a good group. We stress free throws all of the time and finishing at the end of games. Give credit to them for making that run and credit our girls for being able to withstand it,” he told Swankonsports.com after the game, “I felt in the fourth quarter we kind of panicked a little bit when a couple of things didn’t go our way and they made some baskets. We had some turnovers. I told them in the locker room after the game that we continued to battle through it and found a way to win and that is what we need at this point.”

Published 12/05/18

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