River High School Girls Takes Victory Over Steubenville | News, Sports, Jobs
River hosted Steubenville on Wednesday night, December 15, in Hannibal and scored an impressive victory to send the visitors home to the losing side with a score of 50-38.
The big Reds couldn’t match the Drivers’ intensity and pressure defense as the home side caused 14 turnovers and shot the visitors 19-16 from the floor, but the game was won on the free throw line where the Pilots hit in 11-15 tries while the Big Reds only hit 3-6.
The Pilots and Big Reds faced off for most of the game, but the Pilots stretched the floor in third frame and got easy baskets. Additionally, their defense forced turnovers leading to a 16-2 advantage, for a dominant lead and win it.
River was led by sophomore Kelsey Harlan who scored a high 16 points, including the Drivers just three points on the night, and went 5-6 from the free throw line. She was backed by junior ace Hannah Raper with 15 markers including 3-5 from the charity strip, plus three steals. Sophomore Tessa Primm added nine points for the Drivers’ balanced offense and junior Rylee Knight added six points. Emma Reed also hit a bucket for two runs to complete the scoring.
The girls of the river take the third consecutive victory
The Pilots hosted Martins Ferry on Saturday December 11 and beat the Purple Riders 48-32 for their third straight win. Kelsey Harlan had a hot hand for the home team scoring a record 21 points, including a 3-point, 4-6 line from the free throw line. She was supported by Hannah Raper and Rylee Knight with nine points each, while Tessa Primm added four. Hobbs contributed three points and E. Reed added a basket.
The Pilots took the lead early and held a 22-14 lead after a quarter of play before extending their lead to 16 for the victory. River scored 17 field goals in the game with five three-pointers and shot 9-12 from the free throw line. Martins Ferry scored 12 field goals and was 5-10 from the charity strip.
River Girls wins Revenge against Frontier 32-21
Sometimes the floor of the house and the crowds really make a difference. That appeared to be the case on Thursday night, December 9, when the River Pilots took over Frontier, a team they had lost on the road to a week earlier.
On Thursday, the Pilots claimed their second straight win of the week riding the hot hand of Tessa Primm who led all scorers with a record 12 points.
She was backed in double digits by Kelsey Harlan who added 10 markers including a long range three. Emma Reed scored five points, including drilling a ball three-way, and Hannah Raper went 3-4 from the free throw line for her points.
Rylee Knight completed the scoring for Rick Isaly’s club with a basket.
Young pilots who don’t have a senior on the squad get better with every game and work hard in the gym to eliminate mistakes and improve their ball handling and shooting skills.
River beats Bridgeport to take first place
The Pilots claimed their first victory in the young season on Monday night as they traveled to Bridgeport to face the Bulldogs. The two teams had yet to win a match before the competition, but that quickly changed when River’s young team got down to work and claimed the victory 61-32.
The Pilots took a 14 point lead at halftime and extended it to 21 points before securing the 29 point victory. Kelsey Harlan had a warm hand for the visitors as she scored a high 21 points, while securing the backing of teammates Rylee Knight and Tessa Primm with 16 and 12 points respectively. Kaylee Bain was keeping pace with the Bulldogs’ home team with 18 scorers, including two to three long-range scorers.
Harlan had the lone three-point pointer for River as the drivers forced 16 turnovers to give 12 points.
The Pilots scored 28 field goals but only managed 2-11 from the free throw line. Bridgeport could only manage 12 baskets, but scored 4-5 from the free throw line.
E. Reed with eight points from four baskets and Hobbs with a bucket for two points added to the drivers’ score.