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CHESHIRE — The Beatles once sang, “You Can’t Do That.”

The Chesapeake Lady Panthers defense might have been humming that tune Thursday as they blitzed the River Valley Lady Raiders 55-34 in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams.

“We guarded them pretty well and didn’t let them get going. They can do a lot of stuff, but we did a good job taking some of that away so they couldn’t do that,” Chesapeake coach John McClung said.

Sarah Rucker scored 29 points and had 8 rebounds for Chesapeake (2-1). Rachel Harris scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while Lexy Staton had 9 assists and 5 steals.

Harris had 8 points in the first quarter as Chesapeake jumped in front 20-10.

Rucker scored 15 of Chesapeake’s 17 points in the second quarter and the defense held River Valley to 6 points as the lead ballooned to 37-16 at the break.

“Our defense was the key. Holly did another good job guarding the Carter girl. She’s their leading scorer and she had only 5 points,” McClung said. “And Lexy did another good job with assists.”

Staton got 5 points in the third quarter to make it 46-23 and Chesapeake coasted to the win.

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CHESAPEAKE (2-1, 1-0): Rachel Harris 5 0 0-0 10, Holly Black 1 0 0-0 2, Paige Nelson 1 0 0-0 2, Courtney Heffner 2 0 0-0 4, Lexy Staton 1 2 0-0 8, Sarah Rucker 13 0 3-4 29. Totals: 23

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55. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 27 (Rucker 8, Harris 7). Assists: 16 (Staton 9). Steals: 10 (Staton 5). Turnovers: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Rucker 2).

RIVER VALLEY (0-2, 0-1):

Amanda Hager 0 0 1-2 1, Rachel Walburn 0 1 3-4 6, Courtney Circle 0 1 0-0 3, Kristen Carter 2 0 1-2 5, McKenzie Cluxon 1 0 1-2 3, Brooke Taylor 2 0 1-2 5, Alinea Corfias 0 0 3-6 3, Margo Fraley 3 0 0-0 6, Jackie Jacobs 1 0 0-1 2. Totals: 9

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34. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: 14.