Riverside's Lady Rebels overcame a 29-27 halftime deficit to defeat Manila's Lady Lions 54-47 in senior girls' basketball Thursday night. Manila jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a trey from Marilou Perez. Riverside's Keryn Douglas answered with two fast break lay-ups to take a 4-3 Lady Rebel lead. Christina Lester converted a conventional three-point play on a basket and free throw after being fouled by Riverside's Hailey Faulkner to give the Lady Lions a 6-4 lead. Riverside answered with a free throw by Douglas and a basket by Amanda Churchill. Trailing 7-6, Manila's Michelle Eubanks scored four straight points to give Manila a 10-7 lead with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter. Riverside put in two more baskets before Manila's Deborah White gave the Lady Lions' a one-p0oint lead with under a minute to play. Miranda Stephens connected on a three pointer in the closing seconds of the quarter to vie Riverside a 14-12 lead after one.
Second quarter action got underway with a basket by RHS's Amanda Milligan followed by a three pointer by Manila's Natalie Tippy. Chelsea Couch scored two baskets around Manila's Whitney Shepard as the Lady Rebels took a 20-17 lead. Perez found the basket from beyond the arch to tie the game followed by Tippy's second trey giving Manila a 23-20 advantages. Both teams traded buckets to tie the game in closing seconds. Tippy's two free throws gave Manila a 29-27 edge at the half.
Riverside came out fired up in the third scoring seven straight points to take a 34-29 lead with 16:16 remaining. Manila pulled within one with a basket by White and Amanda Henson. The Lady Rebels answered back with five uncontested points taking a six-point lead. Manila's Audrey Booth connected on one of two free throws followed by Tippy's third trey of the game to pull Manila within two with one minute remaining. Faulkner drive the lane for an easy basket to give the Lady Rebels a 43-39 third quarter advantage.
Manila tied the game with four minutes remaining on a short jumper from White before Riverside went on a 6-0 run taking a 51-45 lead with 1:40 remaining. White's bucket with under a minute was Manila's last as the Lady Rebels hit three of four three throws to take the 54-47 win.
"I thought we played hard, we didn't rebound well but we know what we need to work on," Riverside's Coach Ritter said referring to the Lady Lions' out-rebounding of the Lady Rebels by 16. Ritter went on to say, "The girls played hard as a team, we adjusted well to Amanda Dunigan being out injured."
Manila's coach Cody Wells said, "We did a good job dominating the boards in the first half but we got a little impatient in the second half and rushed our shots. We have had some big adjustments this week on the junior and senior teams, but I think things will be okay," Malloy commented on the move of night graders Whitney Shepard and Audrey Booth to the short-handed senior team.
Riverside's Keryn Douglas led all scorers with 18 points along with Miranda Stephens scoring in double figures with 10. Others scoring in the victory was Amanda Churchill 8; Amanda Milligan 8; Chelsea Couch 5; and Hailey Faulkner 5.
Natalie Tippy led Manila with 11 followed by 10 from Deborah White. Also scoring were Amanda Ahenson 8; Marilou Perez 6; Michelle Eubanks 6; Christina Lester 3; Whitney Shepard 2; and Audrey Booth 1.
Riverside defeated the Junior Lady Lions 41-33. Sam Dunigan led all scorers with 16. Other Junior Lady Rebels scoring were Jae Ashabranner 9; Marissa Johnson 8; Emilee Hook 8.
Rachel Cheadle led Manila scorers with 11 points followed by Katie Veach with 8. Others scoring included kari Rameriz 5, Annette Hiser 4, Michelle Daniel 3 and Elizabeth Studebaker 2.