Prep girls basketball: Raiders ousted

DRESDEN – An impressive 2012-13 campaign for the Morgan High girls’ basketball team came to an end Saturday as the Lady Raiders fell 54-34 to River View in a sectional tournament game at Tri-Valley High School.

In a season where Morgan posted 15 wins, finished second in the Muskingum Valley League and set several school records, the Lady Raiders ran into a tough opponent River View, who shot 22-for-37 (59 percent) from the floor.

The Lady Bears did the majority of their damage inside the 3-point line, shooting 21-for-27 (78 percent) on 2-point attempts.

“We were down 10 at the half, which I still think was do-able,” said Morgan head coach Tim Bowman. “They just kept extending it in the third. Our game is up and down the floor, and look for the perimeter shot. Once they extended that lead to about 16 or 18, we just couldn’t come back.”

River View’s Andi Daugherty had a game-high 21 points to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sam Ringwalt also posted double figures with 14 points.

Morgan was led by Darian Apperson’s 17 points. Apperson, along with Chani Hopkins, also grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

Baskets by Daugherty and Ringwalt gave River View an early 4-0 lead. Morgan’s Vada Clemens cut it to a one-point game on a 3-pointer, but Daugherty and Ringwalt again hit back-to-back buckets to make it 8-3.

Apperson with responded with consecutive 2-pointers to cut it to 8-7 before a 3-ball from Sami Straits made it 11-7. Morgan’s Tianna Allen traded layups with Ringwalt before a basket by Laura Davis brought the Lady Raiders within two at 13-11 to end the first quarter.

River View scored the first nine points of the second quarter before a layup by Apperson made it 22-13. After the Black Bears hit four straight points to double up the Raiders at 26-13, Apperson connected on a 2-pointer and then later a free throw to cut it to 26-16 at halftime.

River View used a decisive 14-6 third quarter to extend its advantage to 40-22. An Apperson bucket in the fourth quarter made it 41-24, but that was as close as the Lady Raiders would get.

River View held a 21-13 advantage in rebounding in the game and also forced 15 Raider turnovers while committing just nine.

In spite of going one-and-done in the tournament, Bowman had a lot of things to be happy about.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the effort our girls gave all year long,” Bowman said. “Our success was due to the fact they were playing for each other, not for themselves. Hopefully they started something good here.”

Morgan finished the season with a 15-8 record, while River View improved to 18-5. The Lady Bears will now face Maysville Thursday in a sectional final.