Town Crier Sports Staff
LaPorscha Williams and Jordan Madden combined for 34 points to lead East Poinsett County to a 61-57 victory over Riverside in the semi-finals of the Gerald Jennings Tournament Thursday night at Armorel. It was the second consecutive season the Lady Warriors eliminated the Lady Rebels from the tournament. EPC won last year's championship by defeating Riverside in the finals.
EPC took a slim 17-16 lead after the first period, but outscored Riverside 19-5 in the second quarter to take a 35-22 lead into the dressing room at the half. The Lady Rebels fought back in the third quarter, cutting the EPC lead to 49-41, but saw their fourth quarter rally fall just short, despite a big scoring night from Lady Rebel Brianna Driver, who pumped in a game high 29 points.
Kailey Holt and Katey Campbell chipped in eight points apiece for the Lady Rebels, who hit 19-25 from the foul line, while connecting on two three pointers. Holly Dudley scored five points, Kassie Douglas netted four while Kelsey Turner added three to round out the Lady Rebel scoring.
The Lady Warriors drilled seven three pointers on the night and finished 8-16 from the foul line in advancing to the championship game.
Riverside opened the tournament with a 66-50 victory over Gosnell, as three Lady Rebels scored in double figures. Katey Campbell led the way with 19 points while Brianna Driver scored 18 and Morgan Emery added 13 more.
Gosnell took an 11-10 lead after the first quarter but the Lady Rebels rallied to take a 29-21 lead at the half. Riverside carried a 46-36 advantage in the final frame.
Kassie Douglas and Kelsey Turner netted six points apiece while Ashley Calvert and Kailey Holt added two points each to round out the Riverside scoring. The Lady Rebels connected on 23-33 from the free throw stripe and made three treys.
Ashley Herron led Gosnell with 13 points while Candace Miller and Brooke Godsey added 11 and 10 points respectively. The Lady Pirates hit 8-17 from the foul line and made two three pointers.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Weiner to face the Lady Cardinals. The Lady Rebels will return to conference play Thursday night with a road trip to Cherry Valley as they take on the Cross County Lady Thunderbirds.