Dunigan's Late Basket Lifts Lady Rebels Past Manila

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Riverside's Sam Dunigan drove the baseline, banked home a five footer and was fouled with one second left giving the Rebels a thrilling 51-48 victory over rival Manila Monday night at Caraway. Dunigan converted the free throw, giving Riverside a three point lead. All Manila could do was inbound the ball, but the buzzer sounded before the Lady Lions could get off a shot.

The game see-sawed back and forth all night long with Manila taking a 48-46 lead on a free throw by Heather Dohzier with 1:05 left in the game. Riverside's Kelsey Turner hit an 18-footer just inside the three point arc to tie the score at 48-48 with 43 seconds left.

Riverside took a time out and set up for one last shot. The Lady Rebels in-bounded the ball to Dunigan, who got past a Manila defender, and banked home the game winner as she was being fouled with one second remaining. The senior completed the three point play by making the free throw, as the Rebels improved to 20-8 on the season.

Riverside led throughout the first quarter before Lady Lion Rachel Cheadle scored the last seven points of the period to help Manila to an 11-10 lead.

Manila outscored the Lady Rebels 6-1 to start the second period as Katie Veach connected on a pair of buckets and Michelle Daniel got a steal and scored to give the Lady Lions a 17-11 lead with 6:53 left in the half.

Riverside battled back with a 14-0 run to seemingly take charge of the game. Kassie Douglas started the comeback with a free throw and a pair of lay-ups to cut the Manila lead to two before Natasha Coffey tied the score with a seven foot runner. Senior guard Emma Wilson put the Rebels up 20-17 at the 3:19 mark with a three pointer and then capped off the Rebel run with an eight footer at the 1:36 mark. A free throw by Katie Veach pulled Manila to within 25-18 at the half.

Manila rallied and took the lead 29-28 on a Heather Dohzier lay-up with 3:52 left in the third quarter. The Lady Lions continued their surge and when Veach nailed a three pointer at the buzzer, Manila held a 41-36 edge heading into the final frame.

Manila pushed their lead to seven on a pair of free throws by Roccio Bedolla at the 6:52 mark of the fourth quarter. Riverside battled back as Kasey Davis nailed a trey and then followed up with a 12-footer to pull the Rebels within 43-42 with 4:42 left. After a Manila miss, Coffey gave Riverside the lead, 44-43, at the 2:57 mark with a seven footer.

Manila went back ahead when Cheadle made both ends of a one and one and after Daniel hit a five footer at the 2:00 mark, the Lady Lions led by three, 47-44. Marisa Johnson's offensive stick-back cut the Manila lead to 47-46 with 1:40 to go in the game, setting up the final frantic minute.

Coffey led Riverside with 13 points while Johnson, Douglas, and Dunigan scored seven points apiece. Turner, Wilson and Davis all tacked on five points while Emilee Hook added two points. Riverside finished 6-11 from the foul line and hit three treys on the night.

Daniel and Cheadle paced the Lady Lions with 12 points while Veach pitched in 10. Dohzier scored eight, while Bedolla added six. Manila was 10-16 from the foul line and hit four three pointers.

Riverside knocked off Gosnell 67-18 in non-conference action Monday night at Caraway. The Rebels broke away for a 24-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to pour it on as they led the Pirates 41-14 at the half. The Lady Rebels led 55-14 entering the final frame.

Sam Dunigan led Riverside with 18 points while and Cassie Douglas and Emilee Hook added 14 and 10 points respectively. Natasha Coffey scored eight, Marisa Johnson and Kasey Davis netted six points apiece, while Audrey Booth and Kelsey Turner tallied two points apiece.

Ashley Van Dorn led Gosnell with seven points.

Manila will open District Tournament play this week at Harrisburg. Riverside will take the number four seed into the 3AA North District Tournament at Marmaduke. The Lady Rebels await the winner of a first round game between Walnut Ridge and Bay and will open their bid for the championship on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

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