THREE OAKS — The River Valley High School varsity girls basketball team played 32 minutes of stifling defense on Dec. 13 to beat Lake Michigan Catholic 42-16.
Sophomore Taylor Volstorf said the Mustangs saw the court well and did a good job of hitting open teammates/
The Mustangs jumped out to an 11-2 lead as Tiffany Hyatt and Haizea Ruiz sank field goals before Volstorf reeled off seven straight points (beginning with a three-pointer).
The Lakers attempted to answer with baskets from Hayden Starr and Maggie Tidey (closing the gap to 13-6). River Valley answered with scores by Emma Springer, Hyatt, Jessie Rieth and Dori Erickson to build a 19-7 advantage.
LMC finished the first half with consecutive buckets by Tidey to trail 19-11.
It was as close as they would get.
River Valley tallied the first 11 points of the third quarter on scores by Hyatt (a three-pointer), Volstorf (seven straight points), and Ruiz to build a commanding 30-11 lead.
Rieth later sank a “3” and the score stood at 34-15 heading into the fourth period.
The Mustangs went on to out-score the Lakers 8-1 over the final 8 minutes.
Alexander said the players did a good job of getting into their offensive sets and executing in the second half.
“I feel like we definitely stepped up our game in the second half,” said Hyatt said.
Volstorf finished with 17 points. Hyatt scored 9, Ruiz tallied 7 points and Rieth added 5.
Tidey paced LMC with 8 points.