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Lady Pilots Lose A Pair

By Bruce Crawford - Staff Writer | Dec 30, 2020

The Steubenville Big Reds were down one point with 4:15 left in regulation, but out-scored the River Pilots 14-6 to win, 50-43 Dec. 23 in Steubenville Big Red Field House.

The Big Reds senior center Makayla Abram keyed the run scoring nine of her game-high 26-points just inside the 4:15 minute mark in the final period of play, while teammates Lexi Martin and Madalyn Criss followed Abrams 9-points, each with a basket for a 13-0 run, to go from being down a point at 1:58 to go up 49-37 and break the game wide open to even its record to 4-4, while the Pilots fell to 2-4.

The Big Reds opened the game on a 9-2 run, before the Lady Pilots put it into high gear to grab a 15-10 after one period of play, and kept its advantage to 37-36 untill the 4:14 mark of the fourth period.

River Freshman Kelsey Harlan paced the Pilots with 14-points, including a 3-ball for the Pilots only double-digit scorer, while sharp-shooter Kylie Piatt followed with 7-markers that included one triple.

Hannah Raper, Tessa Prim and Emily Smith each posted 6-points, with all of Raper’s points coming from beyond the arch, while she added 5-assists and hauled down 3-rebounds. Rylee Knight finished off the Lady Pilots scoring with 4-points.

Fort Frye 30, River 47

The Division 4 all state semi-finalist Fort Frye Cadets shot the lights out inside the RL Potts Gymnasium with 11 baskets from beyond the arc last week in their, 47-30 victory over River.

Fort Frye grabbed a 15-10 advantage after one period of play, while the Pilots junior sharp-shooter Kylie Piatt knocked down 2 of her 3-buckets to keep this senior oriented club close.

The Cadets bumped it up to 10 at the break, while the out-manned Lady Pilots played as well as they could to keep the game reasonably close.

In the first couple of minutes of the third period, the Pilots got as close as seven points, but then Fort Frye proceeded to hit three on three consecutive possessions to increase its advantage to 16 points.

From this point on, the River Pilots played as even as they could despite the Cadets torrid shooting the rest of the way.

Fort Frye’s Hannah Archer paced the red-hot Cadets with a game-high 26-points, while the Pilots Kelsey Harlan paced the Pilots with 12-points that included two from long range. Piatt added three from long distance, while Raper netted 6-points, and Kylee Knight provided 4-points to end the River scoring.

It should be noted the Pilots played 32-minutes of basketball against one of the top elite teams in the OVAC without a personal foul.