Riverside's Lady Rebels almost did Bay a huge favor Thursday night by pulling off an upset against Buffalo Island Central, which would have given the Yellowjackets sole possession of first place in the 3AA North Conference. But BIC would not be denied as they rallied for a 60-44 victory against their arch-rivals from across the river.
Riverside jumped to a 10-8 first period lead before the Lady Mustangs rallied to take a 27-23 lead into the dressing room at halftime. Riverside stayed within striking distance after the third quarter, trailing by only seven points, 40-33, entering the final frame before the Lady Mustangs pulled away for a 16 point victory to stay tied for first place in the league standings.
Riverside began the third quarter with a 6-1 run to take a brief lead, only to see the Mustangs outscore the Rebels 31-16 the rest of the way to claim the victory.
Freshman Jessica Shepard led BIC with a game high 22 points, while junior Nan Lee Bridges pumped in 19 more to lead the Lady Mustang stampede. Kasey Garrett scored eight points, Ashley Tate and Katie Olive had four points each, while Stephanie Baldridge finished with three to round out the BIC scoring. BIC was 13-21 from the foul line and hit one trey on the evening.
Riverside was led by sophomores Natasha Coffey who scored 14 points and Marisa Johnson who added 10 more. Ashley Foster scored six while Amanda Milligan and Emilee Hook had four points each. Miranda Boyd and Emma Wilson scored two points apiece while Audrey Booth and Sam Dunigan rounded out the Rebel attack with one point each. The Rebels finished 10-22 from the foul line and hit two treys on the night.
With the win, the Lady Mustangs improved to 20-5 overall and 11-2 in league play, while Riverside falls to 13-14 overall and 3-9 in conference action.
In junior high action, Riverside remained undefeated in 3AA North Conference action as they blasted the Lady Mustangs 42-9.
Riverside was led by Brianna Driver and Kasey Davis who scored 12 and 10 points respectively. Megan Short scored six points, Kassie Douglas had four, while Kelsey Turner, Morgan Emery, Kailey Holt, Katlin Brewer, and LeeAnn Wilde all had two points each to round out the Rebel attack.
BIC was led by Lauryn Smith with four points, while Chelsie Nix had three and Brianna Cole scored two.
Riverside will return to action this week by hosting Maynard Monday night at Lake City before traveling to Marmaduke Thursday night in a couple of 3AA North Conference games.
BIC will host Marmaduke Monday night at Monette before entertaining East Poinsett County Thursday night at Monette.