Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside picked up a pair of key conference victories last week while Rector knocked off Buffalo Island Central, lifting the Lady Rebels into a three way tie for first place heading into the stretch run of what has turned out to be a wild scramble for the 2A-3 conference championship.
Riverside's two victories coupled with Rector's Friday night win over Buffalo Island Central leaves all three teams with identical 12-2 conference marks heading into the final two conference games of the year.
The Lady Rebels blasted Cross County 59-26 Tuesday night at Cherry Valley before coming back with an easy 55-23 win over Earle Thursday night at Caraway.
Riverside got 19 points from sophomore Brianna Driver while senior Marisa Johnson and sophomore Katey Campbell scored 12 points apiece in the Lady Rebel's 33 point win over Cross County.
Riverside built a 20-7 first period advantage and broke the game open in the second quarter to take a 39-15 lead into intermission. The Lady Rebels led 53-20 after three quarters.
Morgan Emery scored five points, Holly Dudley had four, Kailey Holt, Jamie Lawrence and Christy Ward netted two points apiece while Kassie Douglas added one. Riverside hit 19-27 from the foul line.
Leslie Lockley led Cross County with 10 points. The Lady Thunderbirds hit 6-12 free throws and made two three pointers.
Marisa Johnson scored 16 points while Brianna Driver added 15 in Riverside's romp over Earle.
Riverside (23-6, 12-2 2A-3) led 12-5 after the first quarter, 25-12 at the half, and blew the game open in the third quarter, taking a 43-18 lead into the final frame.
Katey Campbell had six points, Jamie Lawrence scored four, Morgan Emery and Kassie Douglas tallied three points each while Kailey Holt, Holly Dudley, Anne Marie Johnson and Christy Ward added two points apiece.
Riverside was 8-20 from the free throw line and hit one three pointer.
Veronica Sanders paced Earle with 16 points. The Lady Bulldogs were 5-10 from the charity stripe and hit two treys.
In junior high action, Riverside rolled past Cross County 38-21 before dropping a 23-14 decision to Earle.
Michelle Cobb led the Lady Rebels past Cross County with 12 points while Magan Wells added 10 more. Kyley Campbell and Alyssia Thibodeaux had four points apiece while Kendra Staggs, Ashley Calvert, Taylor Boness and Rebecca Frayer added two points apiece. Riverside finished 4-8 from the foul line and hit two three pointers.
The Lady Rebels led 9-4 after the first quarter, 21-11 at the half and 34-15 after three periods.
Selena Sanders scored 11 points to lead Earle past Riverside on Thursday night. The Lady Bulldogs posted the win despite hitting just 2-10 free throws.
Michelle Cobb scored eight points and Magan Wells added six as the Lady Rebels had only two players in the scoring column. Riverside was 2-5 from the foul line.
The Lady Rebels held a 6-5 first period lead but went scoreless in the second period as Earle took a 10-6 lead into the dressing room at the half. Earle led 15-10 after three periods.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they host Marked Tree at Lake City before closing out the conference season with a Friday night trip to Bay.