Jocelyn Joplin and Becca Ross combined for 39 points, offsetting the absence of injured All-State guard Jordan Madden, to lead East Poinsett County to a 65-50 win over Riverside in Thursday night's semi-final action of the Gerald Jennings Invitational Tournament at Gosnell.
Joplin poured in 10 of her game high 23 points in the third period as the Lady Warriors outscored Riverside 20-7 to blow the game open. EPC held a 53-33 lead heading into the final frame and coasted the rest of the way. Ross finished the night with 16 points for EPC, who hit 8-17 foul shots and drilled seven treys.
Riverside (7-4) was led by Katey Campbell who scored 16 points while Brianna Driver pitched in 14 more. Michelle Cobb scored eight, Christy Ward netted six, Taylor Boness tallied four while Morgan Emery added two points.
Riverside advanced to the semi-finals with a 57-52 victory over Gosnell, behind Driver and Campbell, who scored 26 and 22 points respectively. Emery scored six while Cobb added three more for the Lady Rebels, who hit 24-31 free throws, including a 16-17 performance by Driver.