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Paint Valley Draws Even With Unioto In SVC Girls Basketball Race

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The Lady Bearcats of Paint Valley held-off a fourth quarter rally by Unioto for a 54-51 win, allowing them to draw even with the Lady Shermans at (6-1) for the SVC Girls Basketball lead.

Adena’s 52-43 win over Southeastern places them 1/2 game out of first place at (5-1).

Paint Valley held double digit leads for most of the game and were up 49-34 with 7:06 to play in the game, before Unioto went on a 12-0 run to cut the deficit at 49-46 with 3:25 to play on an Avery Miller three-point shot.

The Lady Bearcats got the lead back up to 51-46 with 2:15 remaining on an Averi McFadden bucket. That remained the score until :20 left in the contest when Ameris Betts connected on a trey making it 51-49. Hanna Uhrig made two free throws with :12 to go for a 53-49 PV lead, then Avery Miller scored a bucket for Unioto making it 53-51 with under 5 seconds left. A Unioto foul with less than one second put PV on the line, where they made 1 of 2 for the final margin 54-51.

Olivia Smith led Paint Valley with 22 points and 17 rebounds, followed by Hanna Uhrig’s 17 points. Other Lady Bearcats contributing included Abbi Stanforth, Averi McFadden and Kendall Dye with 5 points each.

Unioto was led by Avery Miller’s 24 points while Amelia Uhrig scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Ameris Betts added 7 points and Carissa Wheeler 5 points.

Paint Valley shot 16/35 from the field- including 6/10 from the arc for 46%. The Lady Cats were also 16/22 at the at the charity stripe. They had 33 rebounds. The downside for the Lady Bearcats was their 26 turnovers, with more than half of those in the second half.

Unioto was 16/52 from the field- including 2/15 from the arc for 31%. They were 17/22 from the free throw line. Unioto committed 13 turnovers and had 24 rebounds.

The game completed round one of SVC play for both Paint Valley and Unioto.