By Rob Hamilton

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A fast start helped visiting Cardington earn a 51-41 win against River Valley on Tuesday.

The Lady Pirates dominated the first quarter in jumping in front by a 21-4 score on their opponents. River Valley battled back to within a 30-25 count going into the half, but Cardington outscored them 12-7 in the third to bring their lead back up to 10 points at 42-32. Both teams then scored nine points in the fourth, as the Pirates improved to 9-0.

Both Beth Hardwick and Karsyn Edwards hit three three-pointers in the game, with Hardwick leading the team with 15 points and Edwards scoring nine. Both Mikayla Linkous and Dana Bertke also tallied nine points in the game.

Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1807. Connect with him on Twitter at @SportsMCS