By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Before taking the floor to start each quarter and after every timeout before going onto the court, the PikeView Lady Panthers break their huddle with the shout "Defense."
They put that word into action last evening, using a full court, trapping, hustling, aggressive defense to take a 7-0 lead that swelled to double digits, at 15-5, at the opening quarter's conclusion.
Following an 11-3 start to the second period, the Lady Panthers enjoyed their largest advantage of the contest at 26-8, with 2:52 remaining before intermission.
River View outscored PikeView 17-14 in the second half, but the Panthers defeated the Raiders 44-35 on Friday night.
Related PikeView head coach Karen Miller of her team's aggressive style early, "We started out playing real good defense. We got in a lot of foul trouble and had to change a few things. I'm real proud of how well the girls played at the start."
Lyndsay Hatfield scored the initial five points of the game, hitting back-to-back buckets following turnovers and then canning one-of-two free throws.
Hope Nester, who led PikeView with a dozen points, scored on the break for the early 7-0 advantage before Chelsea Dobbs lit the Lady Raider scoreboard with a jumper from the lane.
Nester added four more first chapter points to help extend the lead to 15-5.
After PikeView came out of the full court press midway through the second, the Lady Raiders outscored their guests 10-8 the remainder of the half to cut the deficit to 12, at 30-18 at intermission.
Dobbs and sophomore Kiersten Dority connected for five second quarter points apiece to keep the contest close.
Laura Hill scored all six of her points in the third, but River View found the ability to set up in its half court offense to its liking. Dobbs had five more of her game-high 16 points in the third, as Dority concluded a 6-0 Lady Raider run with a jumper from the foul line with 21 seconds showing in the third to slice the deficit to 38-29.
Hatfield opened the final frame with a driving goal, but the Dority-Dobbs combination ran off six unanswered points to trim the score to 40-35, with 3:25 remaining.
Nester's two free throws, only 17 seconds before she fouled out, pushed the lead back to seven before Madison May scored following a steal from a half court trap that penned the final 44-35.
The Lady Panthers, now 3-4, effectively went into a four corner offense to hold the ball over the final 1:50 to chalk up the win.
Analyzed River View head coach Gehrig Justice, "I think we gave them (Lady Panthers) all they wanted...We tried man (to man defense), but Nester is such a good player. We did better when we went to our press and our zone."
He continued of his 1-7 squad, "We're playing hard and we haven't gotten worse. We're still working at it."
Courtney White pulled down 24 rebounds, while scoring five points for PikeView, while Dobbs grabbed 26 misfires and blocked 7 shots for the Lady Raiders.
River View visits James Monroe tonight, while Woodrow Wilson Monday evening.
At River View High School
Alexis May 3 1-1 7, Laura Hill 3 0-1 6, Hope Nester 3 6-8 12, Madison May 1 0-0 2, Lauryn Hatfield 1 1-2 3, Lyndsay Hatfield 3 1-2 7, Courtney White 1 3-6 5, Savannah Runion 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 12-20 44.
RIVER VIEW (35)
Brittany Coeburn 0 1-2 1, Chelsey Dobbs 4 8-12 16, Kiersten Dority 4 0-0 9, Ellamae Johnson 1 0-0 2, Rebeckah Christian 0 1-2 1, Raven Kennedy 1 2-2 4, Sissy Waldron 1 0-3 2. Totals 11 12-21 35.
PikeView..................................15 15 8 6 — 44
River View................................5 13 11 6 — 35
Three Point Goals: PV 0, RV 1 (Dority). Fouled Out: PV: Lester, RV: Waldron.