RECTOR -- Riverside bolted out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back on its way to a 54-38 victory over the Rector Cougars Friday night in 3AA North Conference action at Rector.
Dustin Kelems and Joe Ellis paced the Reel attack with 16 and 10 points respectively as Riverside improved to 10-12 overall and 4-4 in conference play.
The Rebels led 11-1 after the first quarter and increased its lead to an insurmountable 31-5 by halftime.
Rector never gave up and gave a gallant second half effort to make the game respectable.
"We gave a good defensive effort and dominated the boards," Rebel Coach Buster Campbell said. "We rally blocked out well and that was the key to our rebounding advantage," added Campbell.
"Kelems and Ellis both came to play, especially in the first half," said Campbell. "Hopefully this win will get us on a roll and help us get to the Regionals," Campbell concluded.
Von McDaniel came off the bench to add nine points for Riverside. Zack Ridge scored eight, Michael Dewitt had four, Matt Owens, Blake Stotts and Matt Snyder added two each. Rounding out the Rebel scoring was Zack Reynolds who scored one.
Rector was paced by Shane Hemphill's nine points. Ryan Carpenter scored seven, Bryce Conley had six, while Kyle Sonder, Jay Beecham, and Kris Beck each pitched in four. Alex Hatcher and Michael Turner scored two each for the 3-13 Cougars.
"It was very frustrating scoring only five first half points," said Rector Coach Adam Simmons. "But we played much better in the second half and we showed a lot of heart not giving up," added Simmons.
Simmons said most 3-13 teams would quit, but this is a proud team that won't give up.
Hopefully we will keep working hard and it will pay off come district tournament time," Simmons said.
In the Junior High action Riverside dominated Rector 57-13.
Riverside was led by Jordan Adcock and Caleb McCluskey with eight points each. Tyler Timms scored seven, Cody Rea and M.J. Emery had five each while Garrett Qualls, Kris Kelton and Brandon Davis each had four points. With the win, the Rebels improve to 15-3 overall and 6-2 in league play.
Lady Rebels notch win
The Riverside Lady Rebels survived early foul trouble by leading scorer Keryn Douglas in holding off a pesky Rector Team and posting a hard fought 59-53 3AA North Conference win Monday night at Lake City.
Despite picking up three first quarter fouls, Douglas led the Riverside attack with 15 points and eight assists while Amanda Dunigan chipped in with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
The Lady Rebels jumped to a 16-12 lead after the first quarter but Rector stayed close by hitting on 10 for 13 at the charity stripe.
The Rebels stretched their lead to 30-21 at the half. The Lady Cougars made 14 of 19 free throws to stay in the game despite making only three first half field goals.
Rector fell behind 34-21 midway through the third period but used a late 16-10 run to pull to within 44-37 entering the final frame.
Riverside made their own key free throws down the stretch in improving to 12-9 overall on the season and 2-5 in conference play.
Rector drops to 3-11 overall and 0-6 in league play. Lindsey Bell paced the Lady Cougars with 18 points while Jessica Hill added 10. Fallon Robins scored nine, Tilene Tracer and Anglia Tucker had six each. Natalie Sigsbey added four.
Amanda Jo Churchhill aided the Riverside cause with 10 points and eight rebounds while Haley Faulkner scored six. Miranda Boyd had five; Ashley Foster three; and Miranda Stevens and Amanda Milligan added two each.
"We had too many fouls and Rector shot too many free throws," said Riverside coach Nancy Ritter. "I was not pleased with our defense and we must do a better job on the boards," added the Lady Rebel Coach.
Ritter said she was pleaded with the offense and the big thing was "we won."
Rector Coach Shane Robinson felt his team got off to a slow start.
"I was proud of how my kids battled back," said Robinson. "Riverside is a good team and is well coached but we played hard and didn't quit," added the Lady Cougar Coach.
In Junior High action Riverside held off Rector 37-35. Marissa Johnson led the Lady Rebels with 12 points and six rebounds while Samantha Dunigan scored 10 and added 13 rebounds. Emily Hook had eight and Emma Wilson chipped in with seven for Riverside.
Laura Faulkner led Rector with 14 and Tara Shepard added 12. Lindsey Fowler had three while Jordan Cornelison, Skye Shepard, and Abbe' McCarroll put in two each to round out the scoring for the Junior Cougars.