River View girls head coach Kevin Smith couldn’t have scripted a better start to the basketball season.
The host Lady Bears held visiting Maysville to just three field goals and 10 first-half points in taking a 35-10 lead on their way to a 60-35 victory against the Panthers.
“The credit goes to the girls because honestly, we hadn’t seen that type of defensive effort in any of our scrimmages,” Smith said. “They put in a great week of practice and preparation to get ready for tonight.”
River View got 11 points in the first quarter from Andi Daugherty as they built a 17-2 lead.
“They played good defense and kept us in front of them,” Maysville coach Pat Miller said. “Some of it was our execution, but a lot more of it was their defense.”
The Lady Bears kept up the pressure and built a 21-2 lead before Capria Hall made a shot with 6:36 left in the second, the Lady Panthers first field goal.
“Our defense and offense feed off each other and when we aren’t making shots, we can’t get our defense set,” Miller said.
River View kept the momentum going and built a 33-7 lead on a 3-pointer from Daugherty before settling for the 25-point halftime lead.
“We knew the game had been pretty much decided at halftime, so we challenged the girls to come out and win the second half,” Miller said.
It was the combination of Katie Daugherty and Sam Ringwalt that did the bulk of the offensive damage in the second half, as the pair each scored eight points in the final two quarters.
“It’s key for us to get contributions from other girls, and tonight we got that from Katie and Sam,” Smith said. “It may not always be the same girls helping us with scoring, but it is definitely something we need.”
Callie Tatman had six points in the third for the Lady Panthers as they held a 13-12 scoring edge.
Andi Daugherty finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds to go with five steals and three assists. Katie Daugherty added 12 points, and Ringwalt added 11 points and nine rebounds as River View held a 58-20 rebounding edge.
Kayla Russell had eight points to pace Maysville, and Tatman and Hall each added six.
Abby Edwards scored nine points to lead Maysville to a 29-24 victory in the junior varsity game. Lindsay Lupher scored eight points to lead the Lady Bears.