Lady Rebels drop EPC 60-45 to earn third seed in 2-A State Tournament

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Riverside outscored East Poinsett County 24-9 in the third quarter to rally past the Lady Warriors 60-45 in the consolation game of the 2A-North Regional Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon at Cedar Ridge. The victory earned the Lady Rebels a third seed in this week's 2A-State Tournament at Melbourne.

The Lady Warriors owned a 12-10 lead after the opening quarter, and pushed their advantage to 29-22 at halftime, but the Lady Rebels outgunned EPC by 15 points in the decisive third quarter to take a 46-38 lead into the final frame.

Riverside got a balanced scoring attack, putting four players in double figures, led by senior Brianna Driver who scored a team high 15 points. Fellow seniors Katey Campbell and Morgan Emery followed close behind with 14 and 13 points respectively, while junior guard Michelle Cobb added 12 points.

Jordan Madden led all scorers with a game high 32 points.

Melbourne used a strong third quarter to post a 65-47 victory over Riverside in the semi-finals Friday afternoon. The Lady Bearkatz outscored Riverside 15-0 in the last 5:45 of the third period to break a 38-38 tie, giving Melbourne a 53-38 lead heading into the final frame.

Riverside trailed 36-30 at the half, but began the third quarter with an 8-2 run, tying the game on a three point play by Katey Campbell at the 5:45 mark. Junior post player Sara Beth Adams gave the Lady Bearkatz the lead for good with a driving lay-up at the 5:28 mark. Melbourne went on to score the next 13 points, closing out the period with a flurry.

Turnovers proved a big key in the game as Melbourne forced Riverside into 16 miscues while committing just five of their own. Sophomore point guard Maggie Cooper led all scorers with 20 points while Adams tallied 14. Kenzi Gillihan also hit double digits for the Lady Bearkatz with 12 points. Melbourne drilled seven treys on the night and hit 22-30 free throw attempts.

Riverside was led by Campbell who had 14 points while Driver added 12. Kailey Holt scored seven, Cobb had six, Emery netted five while Holly Dudley chipped in three to round out the Lady Rebel's scoring attack. Riverside hit 5-8 free throws and drained four three pointers.

Riverside will open state tournament play Thursday afternoon at 1:00.

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