River View put together about as good a first half of basketball Saturday as a coach could ask for.
The Lady Bears held visiting Coshocton scoreless for the first 12:32 of the game and rode the momentum to a 56-14 victory in East Central Ohio League basketball action.
“I was happy with a lot of the things we did, obviously,” River View coach Kevin Smith said. “The really nice thing to see was that we were able to play a lot of different combinations and everyone maintained their focus and did the things we wanted to work on.”
In that first half, the Lady Bears defense forced 16 Lady Redskins turnovers and the hosts also held a 23-10 rebounding edge.
About the only thing River View didn’t do well was cashing in on easy shots, as it went just 11-of-26 from the floor.
“We did a lot of good things in that first half but we did have some careless turnovers and we missed quite a few layups,” Smith said. “Those are things we will have to clean up as the season goes along.”
The Lady Bears (6-1, 2-0 ECOL) built a 14-0 lead at the end of the first and had a 20-0 lead when Kasey Means got Coshocton on the board with 3:28 to go in the first half.
Andi Daugherty scored eight more points after that to stake River View to a 30-3 halftime edge.
“They are a very solid team and we are just trying to get better,” Lady Redskins coach Paul Bowman said. “They did what they needed to do, and we didn’t.”
The Lady Bears finished the game with 15 assists on 24 field goals, with Justine Moran leading the way with six. River View also had 15 steals, with Daugherty coming up with five.
Daugherty finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Katie Daugherty added 10 points. Sam Ringwalt just missed double digits with nine points.
“We just need to forget about this game and go back to work and get better,” Bowman said.
Means had 12 points to lead Coshocton.
“I thought Kasey had a good game for them,” Smith said. “She is a tough match-up.”
River View hosts Rosecrans on Wednesday in a crucial ECOL game.
“Everyone knows it is a big game,” Smith said. “The league title may just come down to who can get wins in our two games.”