Playing perhaps their best half of basketball this season, Riverside raced to a 46-22 halftime lead en rout to a convincing 81-64 victory over archrival Buffalo Island Central in senior girls basketball action Thursday night at Caraway.
Riverside used a torrid shooting performance that included nine three pointers on the night in piling up one of their biggest point productions of the season. The Lady Rebels raced to an 18-12 first period lead with the help of three treys. Seniors Morgan Emery and Kailey Holt pumped in back to back three pointers before Holt came away with a steal and a lay-up for two more. Emery's two free throws at the 3:46 mark capped off an 11-0 run, giving Riverside an 11-2 lead. Corie Flannigan broke BIC's scoring drought with a driving lay-up, but the Lady Rebels finished the quarter up by six points.
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BIC turned to a full court press to start the third quarter, giving the Lady Rebels problems of their own, but Katey Campbell pumped in 15 of her game high 21 points in the second half to keep the Lady Mustangs at bay. The Lady Rebels also placed three other players in double digits. Brianna Driver controlled the inside on her way to 18 points while Holt scored 15 and dished out seven assists. Emery provided 14 points.
BIC placed two players in double figures, led by Holly Dempsey's 16 point performance while Jordan Miller added 10. Jenna Pike tallied nine, Corie Flannigan, Jamie Harris and Whitlee Rolland scored six points apiece, Ashley Jines netted five, Kalee James scored three, Shelby Qualls contributed two and Taylor Owens added one point to round out the Mustang scoring attack.
"Riverside is a very good team," said BIC coach Stan Fowler. "They are veterans, and we only have two seniors, and only one of them started last year. They came out red hot and executed well. I thought we played very well in the second half and made it a competitive game. Our full court press worked better than I thought it would, and a lot of that came from our bench. Whitlee Rolland played her best game and Ashley Jines had an outstanding performance. Jamie Harris also played well. We were intimidated at first, because Riverside is a very good team, but we got over our nervousness and played much better in the second half. We had a couple of girls foul out, but you can't take anything away from Riverside. They are just a good club."
Riverside enjoyed an advantage from the foul line with 42 attempts, connecting on 26. The Lady Mustangs managed a 12-24 performance from the line and netted four three pointers.
"We played very well in the first half, caused turnovers and controlled the boards," said Riverside coach Carrie Redman. "We did all the little things right. We focused on our press, which was successful in causing a lot of turnovers, giving us some easy lay-ups. We also shot very well from the outside. We always try to have an inside-outside game, and it worked well for us tonight."
The Lady Rebels improved to 14-6 overall and 4-1 in league play. Rounding out the Rebel scoring attack was Michelle Cobb with nine points while Holly Dudley and Kyley Campbell added three and one point respectively.
BIC dropped to 7-11 on the season and 3-5 in 3A-3 conference play.
In junior high action, the Lady Mustangs improved to 20-1 on the season and 6-1 in league play with a 50-39 win over Riverside. BIC led 42-39 with 1:00 to play, but outscored the Lady Rebels 8-0 to close the game, preserving the win.
Brittany Fowler scored 15 points while Demi Hargrove added 11 more to lead BIC in scoring. Kaylee Greathouse scored nine, Hayley Parker netted eight, Cassidy Qualls tallied four, Amber Rolland added two while Rachel Goldammer pitched in one point to round out the Lady Mustang scoring attack.
BIC held a 14-7 lead after the opening period and went into the dressing room with a 28-18 advantage. The Lady Mustangs maintained their 10 point cushion, 37-27, entering the fourth quarter.
Lauren Weaver poured in 22 points to lead all scorers. Becca Frayer also hit double digits for the Lady Rebels scoring 11. Emilee Manues, Lindsey Bennett, and Kenzley Wilson all finished with two points apiece.
Riverside will return to action Monday when they host Turrell in 2A-3 conference play at Caraway. The Lady Rebels will host Marmaduke Thursday night at Lake City in another conference tilt.
BIC will host Marmduke Monday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex before traveling to Harrisburg for a non-conference battle Thursday night. The Lady Mustangs close out the week with a conference battle against Turrell on the road.