Riverside's Junior Lady Rebels broke open a close game in the third quarter and held on for 33-22 victory over host Valley View to claim the Jack Moore Invitational Tournament Saturday afternoon at Blazer Gym.
The Lady Rebels and Lady Blazers played a chess match in the first quarter with the Rebels holding a 4-3 lead. Both teams picked up the pace in the second quarter, but Riverside still held a one point advantage at the half, 13-12.
The Rebels then outscored Valley View 11-3 in the third quarter to open up a nine point advantage and the Lady Blazers could never recover, as Riverside improved to 4-1 on the young season.
"I am very proud of our young girls," Riverside Head Coach Greg Rainwater said. "To come to Valley View, where they have such great tradition, and win on their home floor, is a great accomplishment for our team. Coach Smith (Valley View Head Coach Jason Smith) does such a great job with his team,"Rainwater said.
"Their point guard, Jordan Huggins, did a great job of breaking our press," continued Rainwater. "We finally had to put three players on her, and our press started to pay off in the second half," Rainwater said.
"I thought Kasey Davis played a great second half," Rainwater continued. "Hopefully this will be something we can build on for the rest of the year. Valley View is noted for good girls basketball teams, so this is a big win for us," Rainwater concluded.
The Lady Rebels were led in scoring by Morgan Emery with 11 points while Kelsey Turner added seven. Kassie Douglas and Davis scored four points each, while Kailey Holt added three. Katey Campbell and Brianna Driver contributed two points apiece to finish off the Rebel scoring. Riverside made 7-13 at the free throw line and hit two three pointers on the afternoon.
Valley View (3-1) was paced by Candi Biggers with 11 points. The Lady Blazers made 11-19 at the free throw line and added one three pointer on the day.
Riverside began the tournament by playing Weiner on Wednesday night in a hard fought 25-22 victory. Riverside led 6-5 after the first quarter, 14-9 at the half, and 21-17 after three quarters. Douglas and Davis scored six points apiece to lead the Lady Rebels. Driver had four, Emery scored three, while Turner, Jamie Lawrence and Amber Murphy all had two points apiece. The Lady Rebels made 2-6 at the free throw line and nailed one trey on the night.
In the semi-finals, Riverside defeated Manila 42-35, behind Kassie Douglas' 16 points, while Brianna Driver added 13 more. Emery and Davis scored four points apiece, while Campbell added three and Turner scored two. Riverside led 15-11 after the first quarter, and 21-18 at the half. The Lady Rebels stretched the lead to 34-27 after three quarters. Riverside hit 5-9 from the charity stripe and nailed one trey on the night.
Manila was led by Michelle Daniel with 12 points and Colleen Kemp with 10 points. Rebekah White scored seven, Kelcie Misner added four, while Kimberly Wise added two points to round out the Lady Lions in scoring. Manila hit 7-13 at the free throw line and hit two treys on the night.
Riverside will play host to Armorel Monday night at Caraway in non-conference action, and then will play Manila at Caraway on Thursday night in another non-conference match-up.