River Outscores Linsly In Semi
The Lady Pilots’ Jensen Caretti contributed a double-double 23 points and 12 rebounds to help lead River to a thrilling 59-52 come-from-behind 59-52 victory over the Linsly Cadets in the semi-finals of the OVAC Class-AAA Girls Basketball Championship Feb. 9 at R.L. Potts Gymnasium. Caretti also blocked five Cadet shots.
The Lady Pilots went inside to Caretti and Brielle Williams in the first period to grab a 16-7 advantage. Caretti scored four baskets, while Williams and Devyn Potts each contributed three markers.
However, the game changed quickly as Linsly recruit Morgan Brunner caught fire and swished five baskets from another world to spearhead a 23-7 run and forge ahead at the break with a 30-23 advantage.
When play resumed, Devyn Potts pressed Brunner, who was allowed only one good look and scored zero points in the second half. In the third frame, River scored 20 points on a 12-0 run that was ignited by a Potts’ deuce and a pair of baskets from beyond the arc by Williams and Bailey Caldwell that put the Pilots in front 43-39.
In the final frame, Potts continued to hound Brunner while Caretti scored 10 of the Pilots’ 16 points in the fourth, preventing the 2014 OVAC Class-AAA champions from securing the win.
Caretti scored a game-high 23 points for the Pilots, while Williams dropped in 17 markers. Potts ended the night with seven points, while Caldwell netted both her baskets from beyond the arc. Haylee Bowers powered her way to a pair of deuces, while Abby Caldwell swished a deuce.
The Lady Pilots scored five more baskets than Linsly, but the Lady Cadets netted one more charity toss and two more threeballs to make it close.
River will be looking to claim its first OVAC Class-AAA title against an experienced Fort Frye team this Saturday at Ohio University Eastern with an 8 p.m. tip.