Riverside traveled to Earle Tuesday night and knocked the Bulldogs from the undefeated ranks in 2A-3 conference action with a 68-51 victory.
Junior point guard Cody Richardson scored a game high 21 points while 6'8" junior post player Glen Graham had 15 points and eight rebounds to pace the Rebels. Senior forward Jordan Adcock scored 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists while junior guard Garrett Weaver also scored 13 for the Rebels.
Riverside trailed 29-28 at the half before outscoring Earle 24-12 in the third quarter to take control of the game 52-41 entering the final frame. Steven Meredith paced Earle with 19 points. The Bulldogs played without leading scorer Ronnie Davis, who sat out due to disciplinary reasons.
Riverside (13-5, 4-2) slipped by Marked Tree 64-61 Friday night at Marked Tree. Jordan Adcock led the Rebels with a game high 24 points while Glen Graham and Garrett Weaver pitched in 15 apiece. Cody Richardson dished out a team high seven assists.
Riverside led 19-15 after the first period and 31-30 at the half. The Rebels and Indians were knotted 47-47 at the end of the third quarter.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they host Bay in a key 2A-3 Conference match-up. The Rebels will also begin play in the 2006 Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Riverside enters the tournament as the defending champion and number one seed. The Rebels will begin action Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of a preliminary round game between Hillcrest and Ridgefield Christian.
In junior high action Riverside split a pair of games, losing to Earle 62-29 before bouncing back with a 42-23 win over Marked Tree.
In senior girls action, Riverside blasted Earle 59-35 Tuesday night and then took care of Marked Tree 59-29 on Friday night to improve to 13-4 overall and 5-1 in 2A-3 Conference play.
Sophomore Brianna Driver paced the Rebels against Earle with a game high 19 points. Senior Marisa Johnson also hit double digits for the Lady Rebels scoring 16. Katlin Brewer scored eight, Holly Dudley had five and Katey Campbell pitched in four. Morgan Emery, Kailey Holt, and Jamie Lawrence scored two points apiece while Kassie Douglas added one. The Lady Rebels were 14-26 from the foul stripe and hit one trey.
The Lady Rebels led 22-8 after the first quarter and 36-11 at the half. Riverside took a 49-29 lead into the final period. Kierra Austop paced Earle with 11 points. The Lady Bulldogs were 6-16 from the foul line and hit three treys.
Brianna Driver and Marisa Johnson also led the Lady Rebels past Marked Tree with 15 and 12 points respectively. Katey Campbell scored nine points, Christy Ward had eight, Morgan Emery netted seven, Kassie Douglas tallied five, while Holly Dudley added three.
Riverside led 15-6 after the first period and built a 37-14 lead by the half. The Lady Rebels took a 46-23 lead into the final quarter.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they host the Bay Lady Yellowjackets at Lake City. The Lady Rebels will begin play in the 2006 NEA Tournament Friday December 22 at noon. Riverside enters the tournament as the number two seed and will face the winner of the Delaplaine-McCrory game.
In junior high action, Riverside lost to Earle 38-25 and Marked Tree 36-21.
Cymone Poole and Swena Sanders led Earle with 15 and 14 points respectively. Riverside was paced by Michelle Cobb who scored 11 points. Ashley Calvert had eight points, Magan Wells netted four while Kyley Campbell added two.
Earle held an 11-8 first period advantage and led 20-17 at the half. The Lady Bulldogs increased their lead to 31-20 after three quarters.
Michelle Cobb scored 13 points to lead the Lady Rebels against Marked Tree. Kyley Campbell and Kendra Staggs added four points apiece. Marked Tree was led by Amelia Stacy and Rachel Young who scored 16 and 13 points respectively.
Riverside led 9-8 after the first quarter before Marked Tree fought back for a 16-11 halftime lead. The Lady Indians led 20-18 entering the final quarter.