Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside stamped their ticket to the 2008 State Tournament with a come from behind 54-49 victory over Hillcrest Wednesday afternoon in first round action of the 2A-North regional tournament at Cross County High School.
The Lady Rebels picked up the win despite turning the ball over 21 times on the night and hitting just 18-36 attempts from the foul line.
"We were a little too keyed up tonight," said Riverside Coach Greg Rainwater. "I think that had an effect as far as turnovers and our free throw shooting performance. But it sure is nice to be going to the state tournament. hat's what you play for. It's really nice for our seniors, Kelsey Turner and Kassie Douglas. I am just so very proud of the whole team. There are a lot of teams that won't be going to the state tournament that would gladly trade places with us, so that means we did something good."
The two teams battled to a 9-9 tie after the first period before Hillcrest took a 25-21 lead into the dressing room at the half. The Lady Screamin' Eagles led 36-35 after three quarters before Riverside rallied in the final period to pull out the win. The Lady Rebels went to the foul line 24 times in the fourth quarter, but connected on only 14 attempts.
Riverside placed four players in double figures, led by Katey Campbell who scored 17 points. Morgan Emery netted 13 points, Kelsey Turner scored 11, including three treys, while Brianna Driver added 10. Kailey Holt tallied three points on the night.
Breanna Doyle led Hillcrest with 17 points. The Lady Screamin' Eagles hit 11-16 free throws and nailed four three pointers on the afternoon.
Riverside took home the consolation game to gain the number three seed for the state tournament with a 60-45 victory over Tuckerman Saturday afternoon.
Kelsey Turner scored 14 points while Katey Campbell and Brianna Driver added 13 and 12 respectively to lead the Lady Rebels offensively. Holly Dudley netted nine, Kassie Douglas tallied six, Christy Ward scored four while Morgan Emery added two points. The Lady Rebels shot a whopping 45 free throws and made 29.
Riverside led 13-10 after the first period before Tuckerman rallied to take a 25-21 lead at the half. Riverside battled back to carry a 37-31 advantage into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Rebels will open state tournament play at Jessieville Thursday afternoon against the number two seed from the South Region, Caddo Hills. Game time is at 1:00 p.m.