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Redwomen down Lady Raiders for first win

CHESHIRE — You haven’t won a game, you’re in overtime and all five starters have fouled out. It seemed like a bad situation for the Rock Hill Redwomen.

But backups Kayla Wright, Katie Johnson, Brooke Knipp, Kelsey Blagg and Tommi Butler thought otherwise as they gave Rock Hill a 62-56 stunning upset of the River Valley Lady Raiders Thursday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

“Our young kids really stepped it up and our press was a big difference,” said Rock Hill coach Alvin Carpenter. “I can’t say enough about the effort of all our girls, especially the younger ones.”

Chelsea Harper and Courtney Duncan led the Redwomen. Harper had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals while Duncan finished with 18 points, 7 steals and 4 assists.

Rock Hill — who was winless last season — is now 1-10 and 1-5.

Brooke Marcum scored 16 points and Kesley Sanders 15 for River Valley.

The Lady Raiders led 15-11 after the first quarter despite 6 points by Harper.

Duncan had 7 points in the second quarter but Marcum had 7 as River Valley led 29-22 at the half.

The Redwomen cut the deficit to 40-35 in the third quarter as Harper scored 7 points.

Duncan had 7 more in the fourth quarter as Rock Hill rallied to tie the game.

In overtime, Harper hit a 3-pointer to start the quarter but then fouled out. Wright entered the game and hit a long triple to erase a one-point deficit and Johnson then hit three straight foul shots over the final 30 seconds to seal the win.

Rock Hill 11 11 13 16 11 = 62

River Valley 15 14 11 11 5 = 56

ROCK HILL (1-10, 1-5): Courtney Duncan 6 1 3-8 18, Chelsea Harper 5 3 3-9 22, Kayla Wright 0 1 0-0 3, Katie Johnson 0 0 3-5 3, Ashlee Malone 1 0 0-0 2, Tailor Guy 3 0 2-4 8, Tommi Butler 0 0 1-2 1, Brittany Thompson 1 0 3-6 5, Kelsey Blagg 0 0 0-0 0, Brooke Knipp 0 0 0-0 0, Nicole Stamper 0 0 0-0 0, Santana Lewis 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-65 15-35 62. Fouls: 32. Fouled out: Duncan, Harper, Malone, Thompson, Guy. 3-point goals: 5-20. Rebounds: 30 (Thompson, Harper, Butler 6 each). Assists: 9 (Duncan 4, Harper 4). Steals: 14 (Duncan 7, Harper 5). Blocked shots: Guy 3.

RIVER VALLEY (7-5, NA): Jessica Hager 4 0 0-7 8, Shalin Comer 0 0 1-2 1, Kelsey Sands 6 0 3-7 15, Alli Neville 1 0 2-6 4, Beth Misner 1 0 3-6 5, Traci Roberts 3 0 1-5 7, Brooke Marcum 5 0 6-13 16. Totals: 20 0 16-46 56. Fouls: 23. Fouled out: Marcum, Sands.