Riverside versus Bay is always a tough battle, and Thursday night's game was no exception as the Lady Rebels pulled out a hard fought 58-49 win over the Lady Yellowjackets in 3AA North Conference action at Lake City.
The Lady Rebels enjoyed a 16-10 first quarter advantage before pulling out to a 29-19 lead at the half.
The third quarter was a different story, however, as Bay battled back and used a 14-4 run to grab a 42-40 lead entering the final frame.
Riverside built their lead to 12 points early in the third quarter when senior point guard Emma Wilson drove for a lay-up at the 6:56 mark. Bay battled back and cut the lead to 33-26 on a Stephanie Smith three pointer with 4:59 remaining in the quarter. Smith then hit a pull up 15-footer to bring the Jackets to 33-28 before sophomore Kasey Davis answered with a trey of her own to give the Lady Rebels a 36-28 lead with 4:32 left in the period.
Bay then went on another spurt as senior point guard Sam Carter scored eight straight points in a span of 54 seconds to give the Lady Jackets a 40-36 lead with 2:12 left in the quarter. Carter began her scoring outburst with a steal and a lay-up before adding back to back three pointers as Bay enjoyed their first lead since early in the game.
Trailing 42-40 entering the final quarter, Riverside fought their way back and took the lead for good when senior Sam Dunigan swished two free throws with 5:16 left, giving the Lady Rebels a 46-44 lead. The Lady Rebels put the game away at the foul line, hitting 11-18 in the fourth quarter alone.
Natasha Coffey, who led Riverside with a game high 22 points, scored nine points in the fourth quarter, all from the free throw line. Dunigan recorded a double-double as she pumped in 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Emilee Hook and Wilson had five points apiece while Marisa Johnson finished with four points and Kelsey Turner and Davis scored three points each. The Lady Rebels finished 15-31 from the foul line and hit three treys on the night.
Bay was led by Jera Ferguson who scored 17 points while Carter finished with 14. Smith added eight points for the Lady Jackets. Bay was 7-15 from the free throw line and hit four treys on the night.
Riverside started the week with a 58-23 whipping of Harrisburg. Marisa Johnson scored 15 points and Emma Wilson added 10 more to pace the Lady Rebels. Natasha Coffey scored nine points, Sam Dunigan netted seven, Kasey Davis chipped in six, Kassie Douglas tallied five, while Audrey Booth, Emilee Hook and Jamie Lawrence added two points each. Riverside hit 10-20 from the foul stripe and hit two three pointers.
Riverside exploded early and enjoyed a 25-3 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Rebels stretched their advantage to 30 points at the half, 41-11, and continued to build their lead, holding a 54-17 advantage entering the final frame.
The Lady Rebels came away on the short end of a 66-56 overtime decision on the road Friday night at Piggott.
Riverside held a slim 19-18 lead after the first quarter and held that advantage as they took a 30-29 lead into the dressing room at the half. Piggott outscored Riverside 13-4 in the third period to take a 42-34 lead into the final frame. The Lady Rebels rallied in the final quarter and tied the game 48-48 to send the contest into overtime. Piggott outscored Riverside 18-8 in the overtime as the Lady Mohawks came away with a key 3AA North Conference victory.
Marisa Johnson paced the Lady Rebels with 16 points while Natasha Coffey scored 15 and Sam Dunigan added 11 more. Kelsey Turner had five points, Kasey Davis netted three while Audrey Booth, Emilee Hook and Emma Wilson added two points apiece. The Lady Rebels shot an impressive 19-25 from the foul line and hit one three pointer.
Piggott placed three players in double figures with Jordan Engle leading the way with 16 points. Erica Rickman and Lauren Hickson added 10 points apiece. Piggott hit three treys on the night and finished 21-32 from the foul line.
In junior high action, Riverside finished 3-0 on the week as they downed Harrisburg 38-24, upended Bay 43-21, and knocked off Piggott 38-26.
Morgan Emery scored 15 points and Briana Driver added 12 to lead the Lady Rebels past Harrisburg Monday night. Anne Marie Johnson netted four points, while Kailey Holt, Kyley Campbell and Katlin Brewer tallied two points apiece. Katey Campbell added one point.
Riverside led 13-6 after the first quarter and 21-15 at the half. The Lady Rebels led 26-19 after three quarters. Riverside was 9-19 from the foul line and hit one three pointer.
Morgan Emery pumped in 11 points in the victory over Bay. Kailey Holt scored eight while Briana Driver and Anne Marie Johnson scored seven points each. Katey Campbell tallied four points while Kyley Campbell and Katlin Brewer added two points apiece.
Morgan Barnes led Bay with 10 points.
Riverside led 7-4 after the first quarter, 14-12 at the half, and 28-14 after three quarters.
Briana Driver scored 11 points and Holly Dudley added 10 more to lead the Lady Rebels over Piggott. Katey Campbell netted five points while Morgan Emery and Michelle Cobb pitched in four apiece and Katlin Brewer added two points. Riverside was 8-12 from the foul line and hit two three pointers, both by Dudley.
Riverside led 11-8 after one quarter and 17-15 at the half. The Lady Rebels took a 27-22 lead into the final quarter.
Riverside will travel to Rector on Monday night before meeting Buffalo Island Central on Thursday night at the Monette Athletic Complex.