Sophomore forward Sam Dunigan poured in 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while her sister senior Amanda Dunigan chipped in 20 more points as the Riverside Lady Rebels lassoed Buffalo Island's Lady Mustangs 75-47 Thursday night at Leachville.
BIC, which has only seven players, battled the Rebels for a half, trailing 19-12 after the first quarter, and 39-28 at intermission. But Riverside came out strong in the second half and blew the game open with a 22-10 third quarter advantage to take a 61-38 lead into the final frame. Riverside built their lead to as many as 29 points before senior forward Holly Cagle, who poured in six three pointers on the night, drilled two treys to end the third quarter.
But the Lady Rebels used their dominance on the boards and unrelentless full court press to force numerous BIC turnovers and corral the Mustangs. Riverside coasted through the fourth quarter to raise their overall record to 19-5 and conference mark to 7-2, while the Mustangs fell to 5-14 overall and 3-6 in league play.
"The last three games have been really good," Riverside coach Greg Rainwater said. "We really like to shoot the three, and sometimes that gets us in trouble. But we settled down and started taking the ball to the basket which makes our outside game much better. Sam (Dunigan) had a monster game. I was really proud of her. Everyone played well. We got great production from our bench. I was really pleased with the play of Emily Hook. She plays hard, intense, and is a team player. She makes the most of her minutes," Rainwater concluded.
"We were out-talented, out-coached, and over-matched," BIC coach Mike Kinard said. "I was real proud of my girls. They never quit, even when it got ugly late in the game. We stayed with them for a half, but Greg (Rainwater) did a great job of adjusting at the half. I am real impressed with what he has done at Riverside. They got us on our heels in the third quarter and never let up."
Keryn Douglas added eight points, Miranda Stephens scored seven, Amanda Milligan and Amanda Jo Churchill had five each, while Emilee Hook and Hailey Faulkner rounded out the Riverside attack with four points apiece.
Cagle led BIC with 20 points, while Jae Ashabranner and Nan Lee Bridges scored 12 and 10 points respectively and Jaime Wright pitched in five more.
In the junior high game, the undefeated Lady Mustangs stayed that way with a 42-32 victory over the junior Lady Rebels.
Jera Ashabranner led the Ponies with 14 points, while Jessica Shepard had nine, Stephanie Baldridge scored seven, Kasey Garret scored six, Ashley Tate netted four, and Lauryn Smith pitched in two.
Riverside was led by Marissa Johnson's 12 points, while Kelsey Turner and Kasey Davis both scored seven. Kassie Douglas added four and Morgan Emery chipped in two for the junior Rebels.
In the seventh grade game, Riverside pulled out a 25-13 win as Brianna Driver led the way with nine points and Katey Campbell added five. Morgan Emery and Tiffany Alsup scored four points apiece, while Amy Morley had two and Sarah Haas added one point.
BIC was led by Jordan Miller, who scored four points. Four other Mustangs added two points each: Corey Flannigan, Portia Marquez, Kyna Lunsford, Hailey Carter. Brittany Benry added one point for the Lady Mustangs.
Riverside will hit the road this week, traveling to first place Bay on Monday night, and will then travel to Walnut Ridge to face the Lady Bobcats on Thursday night.
BIC will also take to the road this week as they travel to Rector on Monday night and Maynard on Thursday night.