Ohio County led throughout its game at Caldwell County on Saturday, using a fast-paced offense and aggressive defense to forge a 66-52 win.
Ohio County (5-3) took advantage of an unusually off-tempo CCHS defense to push out to a 16-4 lead late in the first quarter.
After the Lady Eagles took a 27-16 on a 3-pointer from Addie Bullock with 4:37 left in the first half, Caldwell County (3-7) went on a 9-2 run, narrowing the gap to 29-25 when Parris Gray landed a trey with 2:38 left in the second quarter.
Ohio County opened the second half with a 10-0 run, keeping the Lady Tigers at arm’s length.
Caldwell County head coach Chuck Mitchell often substituted his starters in and out for most of the game, and the nonstarters responded well, turning up the intensity.
Ohio County was led by a game-high 24 points from Kelsey Kennedy and 11 points apiece from Bullock and Rain Embry.
Caldwell County was paced by 20 points from Jacey Jaggers and 14 points from Gray.
Senior Morgan McDaniels ripped down a team-high eight rebounds, while senior Karsyn Parker had six.
Ohio County 16 15 19 16 — 66
Caldwell County 7 20 10 15 — 52
OHIO COUNTY — Kelsey Kennedy 24, Ella Gaddis 5, Heaven Vanover 13, Addie Bullock 11, Rain Embry 11, Camryn Kennedy 2. 3-pointers: 3 (K.Kennedy, Vanover, Bullock). FT: 7/15. Record: 5-3.
CALDWELL COUNTY — Morgan McDaniel 4, Jacey Jaggers 20, Parris Gray 14, Brylee Butts 5, A.J. Hollowell 4, Presley McKinney 5. 3-pointers: 5 (Gray 2, Jaggers, Butts, McKinney). FT: 9/11. Record: 3-7.