Senior Sam Dunigan poured in a career high 33 points as the Riverside Lady Rebels knocked off Piggott 54-47 to post a big 3AA North Conference victory Monday night at Piggott.
The Lady Rebels played without their leading scorer and rebounder, Marisa Johnson, who missed the game because of illness. Dunigan more than made up for up her teammate's absence, as she scored 19 of her points in the first half, including a 12 point second quarter when the Lady Rebels took the lead. Dunigan also pulled down eight boards on the night.
Piggott grabbed the early lead and held a 16-11 edge after the first quarter, but Riverside rallied behind Dunigan's hot shooting and squeaked ahead 26-25 at halftime. Riverside increased their lead to 36-28 going into the final frame. The Lady Rebels made 11 free throw in the final quarter to hold on for the win.
Emilee Hook and Kelsey Turner both aided the Rebel cause with six points each. Kasey Davis scored four, Emma Wilson had three, while Natasha Coffey pitched in two to round out the Rebel attack. The Rebels finished 16-26 from the foul line and hit four treys on the night.
Piggott was led by Lauren Hickson who scored 15 points while Erika Rickman added 12. The Lady Mohawks finished 7-13 from the charity stripe and hit two three pointers on the evening.
Riverside improves to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Piggott drops to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in league action.
In junior high action, Riverside came away with a 47-36 victory behind Briana Driver's career high 29 points.
Riverside was nursing a 22-21 halftime lead when Driver exploded for 13 of Riverside's 17 third quarter points to pull away for a 39-26 lead entering the final frame.
Riverside finished 11-19 from the foul line with Driver hitting 7-9. Morgan Emery tossed in nine points, Katey Campbell scored three while Michelle Cobb, Kailey Holt and Anne Marie Johnson added two points apiece.
Hillary French paced Piggott with 14 points. The Junior Mohawks were 11-18 from the free throw line and hit a pair of three pointers.
In the seventh grade game, Riverside rode the hot hand of Kyley Campbell, who finished with 23 points as the Lady Rebels came away with a 43-18 victory.
Abby Gamble scored six points, Brittany Douglas tallied four, Kendra Staggs had three while Kayleigh Wilson, Taylor Bonness and Amanda Hattenhauer netted two points apiece. Beth Anne Snyder added one point to round out the Lady Rebel scoring attack.
Riverside senior girls will begin play in the Gerald Jennings Invitational Tournament Monday night at Marked Tree. The third seeded Lady Rebels will play an 8:15 match-up against sixth seeded Armorel.
Riverside junior girls open the tournament as the number two seeded team. The Lady Rebels will play seventh seeded East Poinsett County at 6:45 on Monday night.