GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley High opened a new season with a 55-44 home court victory over Newcomerstown High.
The Lady Braves took a narrow three-point lead into the final quarter, but that is when they took control of the game by outscoring the Lady Trojans 17-9 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
Courtney Mizer paced IVHS (1-0) with a game-high 23 points while also knocking down six of her eight free throws, collecting five rebounds, delivering three blocks and going 8-19 from the field.
Megan Baker followed with nine points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three blocks, while teammate Kitanna Rakestraw tallied six points, four rebounds and three steals.
The Lady Braves received six rebounds and four points from Rylie Byers, five rebounds and four points from Brianna Stephens and five points and two steals from Alisha Garbrandt.
Leading the charge for NHS was senior Karlee Peach who dropped 19 points while going eight of 16 from the field. She also delivered 11 rebounds and connected on three of her four foul shots and created two steals.
Also hitting double figures for the Lady Trojans was Brittney Roth who recorded 10 points with a 40 percent field goal percentage and garnered four rebounds.
Susannah Hall accounted for eight points, five assists and three steals for Newcomerstown and teammate Brea Garretson chipped in with four points and four rebounds.
"I'm proud of the way we played today," first-year Newcomerstown coach Walt Cerrato said. "Just love the effort today...we are going in the right direction and had lots of positives to build off today."