Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside opened their 2007-2008 basketball season Thursday night against Marmaduke, dropping a 50-48 heartbreaker at Lake City, before bouncing back to defeat Armorel 60-48 Friday night at Caraway.
In the Lady Rebels loss to Marmaduke, junior Katey Campbell led Riverside offensively, scoring 18 points, while Brianna Driver scored 14 more. Riverside led 15-12 after the first quarter before the Lady Greyhounds rallied to even the game 21-21 at the half. Marmaduke took a 36-32 lead into the final frame and held on for the win. Crissy Crawford led the Greyhounds with 14 while Rachel Morton added 10.
Riverside, who hit 10-14 free throws, got five points from senior Kelsey Turner while Kassie Douglas and Holly Dudley scored four points apiece. Morgan Emery added three.
Emery poured in a game high 19 points in Riverside's win over Armorel, while Turner added 13 and Driver pumped in 12 more. Armorel held a 27-24 lead at the half but the Lady Rebels outscored the Lady Tigers 19-4 in the third quarter to take a 41-27 lead into the final period. Douglas, Campbell and Kailey Holt all scored four points apiece while Kaitlin Brewer and Michelle Cobb added two points apiece. Riverside struggled from the free throw line, hitting just 13-26 attempts.
In junior high action, Riverside downed Marmaduke 38-35 before dropping a 46-45 overtime thriller to Armorel.
Freshman Taylor Boness and seventh grader Lauren Weaver scored 13 points apiece to lead Riverside past the Lady Greyhounds. The Lady Rebels led 13-11 after the first break but trailed 25-21 at the half. Riverside rallied to take a 34-30 lead after three quarters before hanging on for the win.
Kendra Staggs scored four points, Kyley Campbell had three, Beth Anne Snyder and Rebbekah Frayer netted two points each while Allysia Thibodeaux added one point to round out the Riverside scoring.
Marmaduke was led by Megan Nolen who scored 13 points while Mercedez Jones added 10.
Weaver pumped in a game high 19 points while Boness added 14 more, but the Lady Rebels came up short in Friday night's game against Armorel. The Lady Tigers led
16-11 after the first period but Riverside rallied to tie the game at 21-21 at the half. Armorel held a slim 33-31 advantage after three quarters before watching Riverside rally to tie the score 40-40 to send the game into overtime.
Both teams struggled from the free throw line, as Riverside hit just 9-20 attempts while Armorel went 6-18.
Rounding out the Lady Rebel scoring was Thibodeaux with six points while Staggs and Frayer scored two points apiece. Campbell and Brittney Douglas added one point apiece.
Callie Brooks scored 15 points while Katelyn Brown added 14 more to lead Armorel.
The Lady Rebels will return to action Monday night when they play host to Weiner at Lake City. Riverside travels to Manila to take on the Lady Lions on Thursday night.