On the strength of a decisive third-quarter run, the Galva Lady Wildcats improved to 2-0 in the Lincoln Trail Conference Monday night.

On the strength of a decisive third-quarter run, the Galva Lady Wildcats improved to 2-0 in the Lincoln Trail Conference Monday night.

The Lady Cats outscored Ridgewood 12-4 in the third frame and held off a late Spartan rally to post a 48-42 road win in Woodhull.

“That was a hard-fought game,” said Galva head coach Dan Russell. “Ridgewood played very hard and I knew they were going to give us a fight. They did give us a fight toward the end, and my girls responded and closed that game out.”

The Lady Cats led 9-6 at the quarter and pushed the margin to 15-8 early in the second frame. The Spartans responded with eight straight points — capped by a Lauren Curry bucket — to move in front 16-15. Ridgewood’s Kendall Lewis scored the final bucket of the half to put the Spartans on top 18-17 at the break.

Ridgewood’s lead was 22-19 early in the third quarter on a steal and score by Curry, but Galva answered with a 10-0 run to move in front 29-22 going into the final eight minutes.

Russell credited the run to a defensive adjustment, while Darrah Schilling and Hannah Anderson sparked the offense with nine points in the third quarter.

“We switched up defensively to a 1-2-2 zone and threw them off a little bit,” Russell said. “We got aggressive on the rebounds and kept them to one shot and done.”

Galva pushed its lead to double digits on two occasions in the fourth quarter, but Ridgewood made things interesting down the stretch.

Two buckets from Lauren Anderson and 3-pointers from Carlie Barman and Curry pulled the Spartans within 44-41 with 44 seconds to play.

Schilling halted the Ridgewood run with a pair of free throws to make it 46-41 with 28.1 seconds remaining. The Lady Cats were solid from the line in the final two minutes, drilling 8 of 12 attempts.

Schilling led the Lady Cats, now 6-5 overall, with 14 points and Anderson finished with 13.

The win was Galva’s fifth in its last six outings.

“I think we’ve picked up defensively and we’re being a little more patient offensively and finding a groove,” Russell said of his team’s recent success.

Grayce Spicher topped Ridgewood with 14 points, while Barman and Curry chipped in with 10 apiece.

Galva’s fresh-soph slipped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in conference with a 48-18 loss in Monday night’s opener.