CARAWAY -- Riverside used a 22-point third quarter to blow open a close game as the Lady Rebels went on to take a 66-58 3AA North Conference win over arch rival Buffalo Island Central Saturday night at Caraway.
The game was closely contested throughout the first half as the Lady Rebels led 16-14 after one period and 30-21 at the half.
Riverside came roaring out of the dressing room to take charge in the third quarter behind the scoring of Amanda Dunigan who led the lady Rebels with 21 points and Keryn Douglas who added 16 more.
Riverside built as much as a 25 point lead and coasted to their 13th win against eight losses overall. The Lady Rebels now stand 3-5 in league play.
The Lady Mustangs showed great heart by scoring 29 Fourth quarter points to make the final score as close as it was.
"Amanda Dunigan and Keryn Douglas played great," said Rebel Coach Nancy Ritter. "Our press was good tonight and caused a lot of turnovers. BIC is a real good team and I am very pleased with the win," added Ritter.
"We kind of lost our lead," said Dunigan, who added she was proud her team beat their arch rival."
Amanda Jo Churchill scored eight for the Lady Rebels while Amanda Milligan and Miranda Stevens added six each. Chelsea Couch scored five and Miranda Boyd pitched in four to round out the Riverside scoring.
BIC Coach Mike Kinard was proud of the way his team battled back in the fourth quarter.
"Riverside is well coached and a good team," said Kinard. "We didn't quit and we had our largest scoring quarter of the year in the fourth period scoring 29," added Kinard.
BIC, who fell to 6-14 overall and 1-6 in the league was led in scoring by Holly Cagle with 14 and Sara Walker with 13. Tara Roach scored 10, Leslie Cobb tallied nine while Jamie Lamar and Sasha Barnett added six each.
"We really wanted to win against our biggest rival (Riverside)," said Lady Mustang Leslie Cobb. "We tried our hardest, but our defense wasn't there," Cobb said, who added the Mustangs fought back and didn't quit.
In the Junior High game, BIC prevailed 32-26. Kasey Garrett led BIC with 10. Jessica Shepard and Nan Lee Bridges scored eight each. Lauren Smith, Tiffany Parker, and Ashley Tate added two each.
Marissa Johnson and Emma Wilson led Riverside with six each. Samantha Dunigan had five, while Megan Adams, Emily Hook, Jonna Dixon and Kasey Davis added two each. Kelsey Turner rounded out the Lady Rebel's scoring with one point.