(Town Crier photo/Steve Brown)
The Riverside girls held off a second half surge by Walnut Ridge and won 55-45; Thursday night in Lake City. That puts them at 6-1 and 2nd place in conference play.
The lady Rebels had a commanding lead of 38-23 with 3:45 left in the third. Just as it was staring to look like a blow out, Walnut Ridge got hot from the outside.
"I've got to give them credit. They were patient. We didn't do a good job of putting the game away. We had some careless turnovers and silly fouls that allowed them to stay in the game," said Coach Greg Rainwater.
Walnut Ridge went on a fourteen to four run as Ashley Hufstedley hit three straight three-pointers at the end of the third and one in the fourth.
Early in the fourth, Walnut Ridge got to within seven; at 44-37, but that was as close as they would come.
The lady Rebels had seen enough. They put up six unanswered points and then clamped down on Walnut Ridge defensively.
"We stopped 'em late. I'm really proud of our seniors and the way they played. They practice here everyday in Lake City, it was their last game in this gym, and they went out with a win," said Coach Rainwater.
With 3:18 on the clock and up by nine, the Rebels were content to run out the clock. Riverside allowed Walnut Ridge only four points in those last minutes and finished the game still ahead by nine.
Melody Ward led Riverside with 20 points. Amanda Dunnigan added 17. Keryn Douglas scored seven. Amy Barrett had five. Hailey Faulkner, 4. Chelsea Couch, 2.
Sarah Penn led Walnut Ridge with 17. Ashley Hufstedly had 12.
Riverside Jr. Girls vs. Walnut Ridge
The Junior Rebel girls overpowered Walnut Ridge with quickness and good shooting Thursday night in Lake City. The final of 32-22 looked a lot closer than the game really was.
The win put the Rebel girls at 6-2 and 2nd place in the conference.
The Rebels shut out Walnut Ridge in the first quarter, 10-0. They stretched their lead to 15-0 before Walnut Ridge scored a bucket.
Behind Jae Ashabranner's 15 first half points, the Rebels took a 22-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
In the third quarter, Ashley Foster hit the boards and Samantha Dunnigan hit the threes. Dunnigan dropped three in a row from behind the arc and gave Riverside a commanding lead. The Rebels cleared the bench near the end of the third.
Jae Ashabranner led the Rebels with 17. Samantha Dunnigan contributed 11, and Amanda Milligan had four.
Natalie Williams led Walnut Ridge with six.
Riverside Senior Girls versus Bay, Jan. 14
The Lady Rebels got everybody involved in a scoring onslaught that netted 63 points in their Jan. 14th contest at Bay.
Riverside led 33-14 at the half and cruised to a 63-32 victory.
Amanda Dunnigan had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Melody Ward had 13 points. Keryn Douglas scored 11. Miranda Stephens, 7. Kayla Stevens, 6. Amanda Jo Churchill, and Chelsea Couch added four each. Consuelo Pollard and Amy Barrett, two apiece. Hailey Faulkner, one.
Jodie Pratt had 12 for Bay.
Riverside Junior Girls versus Bay, Jan. 14
The Bay gymnasium was not so kind to the junior Rebels girls. Bay turned up the heat with the press and good defense and ran away with a 51-16 victory.
"Bay is just good. I think they've only lost once or twice this year. We had a hard time finding the bucket," said Coach Greg Rainwater.
Jae Ashabranner led the Rebels with nine. Amanda Milligan had two.
Jessica McMasters led Bay with 16 points.
Riverside Boys versus Walnut Ridge, Jan 15
The senior boys scored with time running out to beat Walnut Ridge; 60-59. That victory boosted their conference record to 4-3.
Dustin Kelems scored with four seconds left and gave Riverside the lead. Walnut Ridge's Ronnie Tagge put up a desperation three-pointer that fell short.
Tagge finished with 26 for Walnut Ridge.
Dustin Kelems led Riverside with 24. Matt Owens had 10.
Riverside junior boys vs. Walnut Ridge
The junior boys used good defense to defeat Walnut Ridge; 36-30, in a low scoring affair. The win improved the Rebels record in the conference to 4-3.
Tyler Timms led Riverside with 11. Blake Stotts scored nine.
Brett Schrable had 12 for Walnut Ridge.
Riverside Boys versus Bay, Jan.18
The senior Rebel boys fell to Bay on Jan. 18th in a high scoring game that finished with Bay-72, and Riverside-60. The loss left the Rebels with a 4-4 conference record.
"This one was like two separate games. We owned the first half, and they owned the second," said Coach Buster Campbell.
The Rebels led 33-26 at the half, but were outscored 21-4 in the third quarter.
Even the 31-point effort by the Rebel's Dustin Kelems wasn't enough to get the win.
Bay had four people in double figures; led by Brian Forehand with 21.
Junior Boys vs. Bay
The junior boys from Riverside fell to bay, 42-32. The game was a bit closer than the final showed. It was a two-point contest going into the fourth, but Bay put in 13 free throws and pulled out the win.
The defeat gave the Rebels a 4-4 record in their conference.
Zach Ridge had 14, and Tyler Timms had nine for the Rebels.
Hutchison scored 17 for Bay.