Riverside's state championship aspirations came to a sudden halt Friday afternoon as the Lady Rebels dropped a heartbreaking 38-35 decision to Conway St. Joseph in quarter-final action of the 2A State Tournament in Melbourne.
The Lady Rebels took a 9-4 lead after the opening quarter and pushed the margin to 23-17 at halftime. But in the third quarter the Lady Bulldogs outscored Riverside 15-4 to take a 32-27 lead into the final frame.
Conway St. Joseph built their lead to 34-28, but Riverside went on a 7-0 run to regain the lead, 35-34. The Lady Rebels started their comeback with a basket by senior forward Katey Campbell, followed by a three pointer out of the left wing from junior guard Michelle Cobb, slicing the deficit to 34-33 with 3:47 left in the game.
Neither team could score until Campbell drove the lane for the go-ahead bucket with just over 1:00 left, giving Riverside a 35-34 advantage, but the Lady Bulldogs scored the game's last four points from the foul line, ending the Rebel's season. Riverside had a couple of opportunities to send the game into overtime, but missed a pair of three pointers in the closing seconds as the Lady Bulldogs held on for the victory.
Campbell, one of seven Lady Rebel seniors playing their last game, led Riverside with 14 points. Cobb scored six while Brianna Driver and Morgan Emery chipped in five points apiece. Holly Dudley tallied three while Anne Marie Johnson added two points. Riverside nailed five three pointers on the day but hit just 8-16 foul shots.
St. Joseph was led by Jessica Moix who scored 14 points while Kelsey Davidson added 11. The Lady Bulldogs hit seven of nine foul shots including four in the final minute of the game. St. Joseph made one three pointer.