Riverside girls end season with loss to Melbourne
Riverside's girls ended their season Wednesday afternoon, falling 80-37 to Melbourne in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A-North Regional Tournament at Midland.
Melbourne, top seed from District 2-2A, got off to a hot start and never allowed the Lady Rebels to gain traction.
Riverside was hampered by the absence of injured junior starter Meagan Goza.
The Lady Rebels of coach Carrie Redman concluded a successful season with a 20-13 record.
Melbourne scored the first 10 points of the game in rapid fashion, leading to a timeout called by coach Redman with 5:22 showing on the clock.
The Lady Rebels regrouped and scored their first point on a free throw by Ashley Calvert. That was followed by a basket by Lauren Weaver to make it 10-3. Weaver then scored another field goal and Kyley Campbell added a free throw as the Lady Rebs trailed 18-6 after the first frame.
The Lady Bearkatz then went on a 12-point run to put the game totally out of reach. The Melbourne scoring binge finally was stopped by Weaver, who hit two free throws to make it 30-8. Riverside trailed 39-15 at the halftime break.
The winners led 60-33 after three frames and then went on to the win, which pushed them into semifinal action against East Poinsett County.
Weaver led Riverside scoring with 19 points. Michelle Cobb netted nine points on three treys, while Calvert finished with five and Campbell with three. Riverside went 6-16 at the free throw line.
Melbourne had three in double figures -- Maggie Cooper 20, Kaylee Abels 13 and Amanda Treat 11. The Lady Bearkatz bombed seven three-pointers in the game and went 9-15 at the charity stripe.