Conotton Valley tops Red Knights

TORONTO – Conotton Valley christened Toronto’s new gym with a win Friday night as the Ohio high school girls basketball season opened.

The Rockets trailed 20-19 at the half, but rode the 15-point second-half performance of standout Olivia Bower for a 45-35 victory. Bower finished with a game-high 21 points. Teammate Piper Edie followed with nine points, all from beyond the arc. The Rockets outscored the hosts 14-4 in the third period.

Conotton Valley is the defending Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 1A champions.

The Red Knights were paced by Lexie Berger’s 12 points. Makayla Bauman added eight.

Toronto visits Wellsville at 6 p.m. Monday.