Jake Love pumped in 19 points while Josh Anderson added 10 more to lead the Rebels, who improved to 9-17 overall and 5-9 in conference play.
"We'll take this win," said Riverside coach Buster Campbell. "It's been awhile. It's feels nice. We played much better defensively in the second half. Who knows? If we can get hot at the end of the season and pull off a couple of upsets in the district, we could get to regionals. That's what we'll be shooting for."
The Rebels led 26-20 at the half and pulled away in the third period on their way to the 22 point victory. Cole Winford and Jake Emery chipped in six points apiece while M.J. Brewer and Tyler Rolland added four points each. James Boness tallied three, Morgan Fletcher and Bryan Poe pitched in two points apiece while Luke Moyer added one point to round out the Rebel scoring attack.
(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)
Garrett Love scored a game high 20 points to lead the Thunderbirds, who hit 10-14 free throws while draining three treys on the evening.
The Rebels dropped a 58-48 decision Tuesday night at Rector. Zack Burlison scored a game high 19 points while Tyler Kirklin followed closely behind with 18 more. Kirk Horton chipped in 10 for the Cougars, who hit 19-27 foul shots. Rector drained three triples on the night.
Jake Love was the only Rebel in double figures, scoring 13 points. Josh Anderson netted eight while Tyler Rolland, Cole Winford and M.J. Brewer added seven points apiece. Cody Williams and Luke Moyer pitched in three points each. The Rebels hit five of six free throws and made five treys.
Rector bolted to a 17-4 lead after the first period and led 32-21 at the half. The Cougars held a 44-30 advantage after three quarters.
Riverside will return to action Friday when they celebrate senior night hosting Brookland at Lake City.
The Lady Rebels posted a pair of 2A-3 conference victories, defeating Rector 61-37 Monday night on the road before manhandling Cross County 59-25 Friday night at Lake City.
Meagan Goza poured in a game high 22 points to lead the Lady Rebels. Riverside drilled 22-30 from the foul line, led by Goza's 12-15 performance. Michelle Cobb and Lauren Weaver also hit double digits, scoring 12 and 11 points respectively. Kyley Campbell tallied nine, Ashley Calvert scored five while Kristen Carner added two points.
Rhoda Classen led Rector with 12 points while Chelsea Drope added 10 more. The Lady Cougars hit nine of 19 foul shots while making a pair of three pointers.
Riverside held a 22-5 lead after the opening quarter and went into the dressing room ahead 37-15. The Lady Rebels took a 46-30 lead into the final frame.
Riverside jumped all over Cross County in the first quarter and led 29-4 by the end of the period. The Lady Rebels took a 46-10 lead into the dressing room at the half and led 51-19 after three quarters of play.
Senior point guard Michelle Cobb scored a game high 26 points to lead Riverside, while Meagan Goza added 12 more. Kyley Campbell scored eight, Lauren Weaver netted five while Ashley Calvert and Kristen Carner added four points apiece.
In junior high action, Riverside squeaked by Rector 35-34 before pounding Cross County 46-16.
Kenzley Wilson scored a game high 16 points to lead Riverside past Rector. Emily Manues scored seven, Jordan Miller added six, Lindsey Bennett and Natalie Milligan tallied two points apiece while Susan Sailor and Gattlin Hale added one point each. Vanessa Jones led Rector with 14 points.
Emily Manues and Kenzley Wilson scored 16 and 15 points respectively in Riverside's win over Cross County. Lindsey Bennett and Gattlin Hale netted four points apiece while Natalie Milligan, Bailey Davis and Emily Jordan all added two points each. Sydney Emery contributed one point.
The Senior Lady Rebels return to action Monday night when they travel to Manila to take on the Lady Lions. Riverside will entertain Brookland Thursday night at Lake City.
Both junior high squads will enter 2A-3district tournament play beginning Monday at Marked Tree.