Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside outscored Turrell 25-2 from the free throw line as the Lady Rebels came away with a 62-50 victory in their conference opener Tuesday night at Caraway.
Kelsey Turner began the game with a three pointer and Riverside never trailed again as the Lady Rebels evened their season record at 3-3. Riverside placed three players in double figures, led by Katey Campbell's 15 points. Brianna Driver scored 14 and Morgan Emery added 10 more for the Rebels, who finished the night 25-35 from the foul line.
The Rebels led 19-9 after the first period and carried a 36-24 lead into the dressing room at the half. Riverside maintained a 50-36 lead after three quarters and never let Turrell get closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
"It was an ugly win but we did play a little better tonight," said Riverside Coach Greg Rainwater. "We are still struggling to put the ball in the bucket. I think our effort is getting there and we are getting our legs under us a little better. I think we are getting a little more aggressive. It was good to get a win in our first conference game of the year."
Veronica Combs connected on one of Turrell's two three pointers of the night to pull the Lady Rockets to within 12-9 at the 2:45 mark of the first quarter, before the Rebels went on a 7-0 run to end the first period with a 19-9 lead. Kailey Holt's three point play with 22 seconds left in the quarter capped off the 7-0 spurt.
The Lady Rebels grabbed their biggest lead of the night when Turner hit her second trey of the evening to put Riverside up 26-13 with 5:26 left in the half. Kassie Douglas, who finished with nine points, scored six of the Lady Rebel's last seven points of the first half as Riverside took a 12 point lead into intermission.
Katey Campbell opened the third quarter scoring Riverside's first six points, but the Lady Rockets wouldn't go away. Turrell cut their halftime deficit to eight points, 40-32, with 5:19 left in the third period on a short jumper by Lenesia Gordon. The Lady Rebels responded with the game's next five points, aided by a technical foul against Turrell, which resulted in three free throws by Riverside's Morgan Emery to push the Rebel lead to 45-32 with 3:31 to go in the quarter. Emery closed the third period with a trey, giving Riverside a 14 point advantage entering the final frame.
Turner finished the night with six points, Holt netted three while Holly Dudley and Christy Ward added two points apiece. Michelle Cobb chipped in one.
Jasmine Moore led Turrell with 12 points while Gordon and Jasmane Lowery added 10 points apiece. Turrell got to the free throw line just twice on the night, converting both attempts. The Lady Rockets drilled six three pointers.
In junior high action, Riverside came away with a 37-27 victory over Turrell.
Riverside will return to action Monday night when they host Rector in a 2A-3 conference game at Lake City. The Lady Rebels will host Ridgefield Christian Thursday night at Lake City.