Riverside Lady Rebels avoided a major upset as they slipped past Marmaduke 37-36 in the semi-finals of the 3AA North Junior High District Tournament Saturday night at Monette.
Riverside led 34-33 in the closing seconds when Lady Rebel Morgan Emery went to the foul line and made the front end of a one and one to give the Rebels a 35-33 lead. Emery missed the second free shot but Briana Driver grabbed the rebound and put in the stick back to give Riverside a 37-33 edge.
Riverside fouled Lady Greyhound Crissy Crawford, who made the front end of the one and one but missed the second. Crawford came away with the rebound and was fouled while attempting to shoot. Crawford again made the first free throw to cut the Rebel lead to 37-35 and Marmaduke called time out to plan their strategy for one last chance to tie or take the lead. Crawford was instructed to miss the free throw in hopes of the Greyhounds' getting the rebound and tying the game, but the freshman inadvertently made the shot. Riverside then in-bounded the ball and the buzzer sounded, putting the Lady Rebels into Monday night's championship game against Maynard.
Katie Campbell led Riverside with nine points while Driver scored eight. Kailey Holt tallied six points, Emery netted five, Christy Ward scored four, Michelle Cobb contributed three while Holly Dudley added two to round out the Rebel attack. Riverside finished 9-16 from the foul line and connected on two treys.
Crawford, along with Kelsey Reagans, paced Marmaduke with nine points apiece.
"I give Marmaduke a lot of credit," said Riverside Coach Greg Rainwater. "We had really bothered them in our two previous regular season victories with our press. But they were ready for it this time and they also did a good job of controlling the tempo. I am happy to be playing in the championship game."
In Riverside's quarter-final game, the Lady Rebels rolled over Walnut Ridge 48-27 last Tuesday.
Briana Driver poured in 15 points and Morgan Emery pumped in 12 more to lead the Lady Rebels to the win. Michelle Cobb scored seven while Katie Campbell and Kailey Holt added five points apiece. Anne Marie Johnson and Holly Dudley added two points each.
Amber Caldwell led Walnut Ridge with eight points. The Lady Bobcats hurt themselves by making only 7-22 from the foul line.