Lady Rebels drop conference opener to Marmaduke
Marmaduke outscored Riverside 7-2 in overtime as the Lady Greyhounds outlasted the Lady Rebels 78-73 in the conference opener for both schools Monday night at Lake City.
Riverside sent the game into overtime on a Kassie Douglas free throw but were forced to play with only four players in the overtime period because of foul trouble. The Lady Rebels saw five of their nine available players foul out, including the game's top scorer, Marisa Johnson, who finished the night with 24 points. Natasha Coffey pitched in 18 more for the Lady Rebels. Kelsey Turner scored nine, Sam Dunigan added eight, Emma Wilson and Emilee Hook scored five each, while Jamie Lawrence and Kassie Douglas added two apiece.
Marmaduke had four players score in double figures, led by Jade Brinkley's 19 points. Amber Haynes scored 17, Lindsey Hickson tallied 15 while Danielle Bateman scored 13 to pace the Lady Greyhound attack.
"It was a really good basketball game," said Riverside Coach Greg Rainwater. "It was high scoring and hard fought. It was a shame anyone had to lose. Foul trouble and Marmaduke were just too much for us tonight."
In the junior game, Riverside routed Marmaduke 56-21. Brianna Driver led the Riverside onslaught with 22 points. Morgan Emery and Katlin Brewer scored nine points each. Katey Campbell added eight, Kailey Holt scored six, and Anne Marie Johnson pitched in two. Chelsea Drope led Marmaduke with six points.
"We really came out with a lot of intensity in the junior game," said Rainwater. "We shot the ball well. Morgan (Emery) had a very solid game for us. She has been trying to overcome an ankle sprain. Tonight she looked like her old self. Brianna (Driver) and Katlin (Brewer) really did a nice job of finishing shots in the paint."
Riverside will return to action Monday night when they host Armorel in both senior and junior high non-conference action at Caraway.