By Rob Hamilton

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The Cardington girls’ basketball team couldn’t back up a solid start to their Monday non-conference home game against River Valley in suffering their first loss of the season.

In their 47-32 loss to the Vikings, the 13-1 Pirates held a 14-10 lead after eight minutes of action, but were outscored 14-5 in the second quarter to fall behind 24-19. After only scoring two points in the third, they faced a 36-21 deficit and weren’t able to dig out of that hole in the fourth.

Mikayla Linkous finished with eight points to lead the Pirates.

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