Crestview’s Lexi Gregory (5) and Fort Recovery’s Brooke Kahlig (15) compete for a loose ball during a girls basketball game in Convoy on Thursday evening. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
Crestview’s Lexi Gregory (5) and Fort Recovery’s Brooke Kahlig (15) compete for a loose ball during a girls basketball game in Convoy on Thursday evening. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)

CONVOY -- After a hot-shooting first quarter by both teams, Crestview went cold, but Fort Recovery never did en route to a 56-44 win Thursday night. It was the Lady Indians' season opener. The Lady Knights are now 0-2.

"The bottom line is that we had open looks tonight, and we didn't knock 'em down," said Crestview coach Mark Gregory. "Some nights they're gonna fall, and some nights they don't. I was very pleased with the sets that we were running and the shots that we were getting. Even when we were going to the basket we just weren't finishing underneath. Credit them for their size and their athleticism, but those are shots we normally make."


Crestview led 20-18 after one, thanks largely to five 3-pointers -- three by Lexi Gregory and one apiece from Lyvia Black and Olivia Cunningham. Fort Recovery's Grace Thien drilled two threes in two attempts. There were six lead changes in the first eight minutes.

It was back and forth again in the second quarter -- four ties and five lead changes -- but the visitors won that period 15-10 to lead 33-30, with Thien hitting twice from long range, again without a miss. The Knights shot only 4 for 14 from the field in those eight minutes while the Indians were 6 of 10.




Thien had 12 points in the half, hitting nothing but net on all four of her shots. Gregory had 11 first-half points.

Thien started the third period with two treys -- 39-30 at 7:07 -- and Crestview never got closer than eight after that. The Lady Knights hit only 1 of 10 field goal tries in that quarter, missing all six 3-point attempts.

"Give credit to Fort Recovery; they're a well-coached team, a nice group of kids, got some experienced veterans over there" said Mark Gregory. "I thought overall our defense was pretty good in the first half; they just made shots, and we did too. Second half, the difference was they got on a stretch there where they hit some shots, and we didn't."

Thien ended the game with 23 points, including seven 3's, and she missed only one shot. Carley Stone added 11 for the Indians. Gregory, Black, Paige Motycka, and Ally McCoy led Crestview with 13, 11, 9, and 8.

Fort Recovery shot 57 percent (22 of 38) from the field, including 7 of 13 from three. Crestview hit only 28 percent (16 of 57), including 7 of 30 from long range. Both teams were cold from the free throw line, each making only 50 percent (5 of 10). The much-taller Indians won the boards 29-23, but the Knights had fewer turnovers, 11-19.

The Fort Recovery jayvees won the fourth quarter 12-3 to pull away for a 29-19 win.

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Fort Recovery (56)

Kiah Wendel 7, Grace Thien 23, Carley Stone 11, Olivia Patch 4, Val Muhlenkamp 8, Brooke Kahlig 3, Kierra Wendel 0, Alli Vaughn 0.

Crestview (44)

Lyvia Black 11, Lexi Gregory 13, Alyssa Gent 0, Ally McCoy 8, Paige Motycka 9, Bailey Gregory 0, Haley Spieth 0, Olivia Cunningham 3, Emma Bowen 0.

Fort Recovery 18 15 14 9 - 56
Crestview 20 10 3 11 - 44

3-point shooting: FR - 7/13 (Thien 7), CV - 7/30 (Lexi Gregory 3, Black 3, Cunningham). Rebounds: FR 29, CV 23. Fouls: FR 11, CV 11. Turnovers: FR - 19, CV 11. Jayvee score: FR  29-19.