PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – Rocky River evened its season record with an impressive 50-32 victory over Valley Forge on Wednesday night. The Maroon & White held the host Patriots to a 17.2-percent (10-of-58) shooting performance in a contest that marked River’s Great Lakes Conference opener.
Rocky River (1-1, 1-0 GLC) got 15 points from senior Nani Meese and big performances across the “hustle stats” from a horde of young Pirates. Meese buried a pair of three and went 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. Freshman Kelsey Murphy chipped in with five points and seven rebounds, four of which came on the offensive glass.
Murphy and sophomore Julia Potts were the leaders of a Pirate rebounding effort that saw the visiting five out-board the Patriots, 40-27. Potts had 11 rebounds in the contest; six of those were offensive hauls. Hitting on 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, the second-year Pirate scored 13 points to go with her 11 rebounds. Potts also had three steals.
Freshman Taylor Spies had four steals in the victory. The Spies thefts helped Rocky River post a plus-4 in turnover margin (21-25). Overall, River had nine steals in the game.
The Pirates built a 15-9 lead by the end of the first quarter and a 28-17 advantage by halftime. Valley Forge managed an effective third-quarter counter, but the Maroon & White closed out the contest with a 14-4 fourth.
Rocky River will have an opportunity to head north of .500 on Friday; the Pirates are scheduled to play a 6:30 p.m. road game at Laurel.
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