RUMFORD — Oak Hill’s defense clamped down and the Raiders’ free throws went in en route to a 39-27 victory over Spruce Mountain in a Mountain Valley Conference girls basketball game Friday.

“Just a gritty game. We’re a gritty team,” Oak Hill coach Mike Labonte said.

The Raiders held the Falcons scoreless for almost five minutes to start the game, but Avery Sevigny hit a 3-pointer for Mountain Valley, and Rylee Sevigny converted an and-one after a steal to make it 7-6.

Oak Hill’s second run, though, was too much for Mountain Valley to overcome. The Raiders scored eight straight points in the second quarter to turn a 16-13 advantage into a 24-13 cushion. Abby Nadeau scored six of her 10 points in the stretch.

Saydie Garbarini ended Mountain Valley’s drought with a free throw with 1:12 left in quarter.

“Oak Hill’s extremely well-coached, very disciplined,” Mountain Valley coach Ryan Casey said. “Their length gave us some challenges. We’re a little small, we rely on the jump shot, the dribble-drive, and when you have length and some disciplined defenders, it’s hard to find your offensive rhythm.”

The Falcons actually held the Raiders without a field goal in the third quarter. But Mountain Valley only made one of its own — a 3-pointer by Brooke Carver with about 1:20 remaining in the period — but the Falcons were able to cut into the deficit, 25-21.

“I thought our first half, we were soft in our passing lanes. I felt like we didn’t do a good job helping and recovering,” Casey said. “Second half, definitely did a better job.”

The Raiders got back on track in the final period, pushing the lead to as many as 12 before the Falcons made their last stand with 3-pointers by Kierstyn Lyon and Carver to make it 33-27 with 2:42 remaining.

But a bucket by Sadie Waterman made it 35-27 and Desirae Dumais sealed the win.

“I think the difference was maybe just a little bit more composure at the end,” Labonte said. “Kids are just battling hard — both teams battled hard.”

Six of Dumais’ game-high 18 points came at the line, and the Raiders made 11 of their 12 foul shots.

“Lately we haven’t been doing too good (at the free-throw line), but in practice we’ve been practicing them more, and we’re just getting better and better,” Dumais said.

Carver led Mountain Valley with seven points.

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