Rebels advance to NEA quarterfinals; Lady Rebels ousted in second round

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Riverside won their first two games of the 2010 Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament but lost star point guard Jake Love to a knee injury in the process.

Riverside's Kyley Campbell drives for two points in the Lady Rebel's 52-51 NEA Tournament overtime win Wednesday afternoon over Augusta. (Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)

The Rebels took out Weiner 58-35 in the opening round Wednesday night at the Convocation Center before coming away with an easy 68-47 victory Thursday night against Ridgefield Christian.

The Weiner game proved costly for the Rebels when Love went down in a heap, scrambling for a loose ball midway through the fourth quarter. The results of an MRI on the all-conference senior were not known at press time.

Riverside trailed Weiner 7-5 after the opening quarter but rallied for a 23-17 lead at the half. The Rebels outscored the Cardinals 18-11 in the third period to take a 41-28 lead into the final frame. Weiner would never get any closer the rest of the way.

Love and Josh Anderson paced the Rebels with 10 points apiece while Alteeno Sain and Jake Emery pitched in nine points each. Logan Meurer contributed eight, Tyler Rolland scored five, Morgan Fletcher netted three, Cole Winford tallied two while Michael George added one point. Riverside hit just 11-27 free throws but drilled seven three pointers on the night.

Rebel senior Jake Love scoops in two of his 10 points in Riverside's NEA Tournament win over Weiner Wednesday at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Drake Melton led Weiner with 12 points. The Cardinals hit a dismal five of 17 foul shots.

Riverside played Thursday night's game against Ridgefield Christian without the services of Love, but put the game away early with a first half scoring barrage. The Rebels raced to a 22-6 lead after one quarter and took a 41-19 advantage into the dressing room at intermission. Riverside led 60-35 after three quarters.

The Rebels placed four players in double figures, led by Cole Winford who scored 21 points, including a perfect eight of eight from the free throw line. Logan Meurer and Josh Anderson scored 11 points apiece while Alteeno Sain chipped in 10. Morgan Fletcher just missed double digits, tallying eight points. Luke Moyer contributed four, Tyler Rolland had two while Brock Adams added one point. Riverside made 14-24 free throws and hit two treys.

Cam McKinney led the Warriors with 18 points, including five three pointers. Jacob Reeves pitched in 16 more for Ridgefield.

The Rebels will resume play against top seeded and defending champion East Poinsett County Monday night at 7:30 in quarterfinal play.

The Lady Rebels saw their NEA Tournament run come to an end at the hands of East Poinsett County Thursday afternoon in second round action. The Lady Warriors held a slim six point lead at the half, but outscored Riverside 25-14 in the second half to pull away for a 55-38 victory.

Brittany Ball and Keyerah Young scored 14 and 11 points respectively to lead EPC, who hit seven of eight free throws as a team while making two treys on the day. The Lady Warriors held a 15-11 lead after the opening period and held a 30-24 edge at intermission.

Meagan Goza scored a game high 15 points to lead Riverside. Kyley Campbell tallied nine while Tara Campbell and Becca Frayer pitched in six points apiece. Alyssia Thibodeaux added two points. Riverside hit 14-17 free throws and made a pair of three pointers.

The Lady Rebels advanced to the second round with a thrilling 52-51 overtime victory Wednesday afternoon against Augusta.

Riverside trailed by only four, 24-20, at the half, despite 14 first half turnovers. The Lady Rebels rallied in the third period to take a 32-31 edge into the final frame.

Riverside began the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 38-31 lead, capped off by Meagan Goza's 15-foot jumper with 5:37 left in the game. Augusta battled back with a 6-0 run of their own, cutting the lead to one at the 2:36 mark. After a Becca Frayer free throw gave the Lady Rebels a 39-37 lead with 1:57 remaining, Augusta came up with a four point play to take a 41-39 edge at the 1:37 mark. The Lady Red Devils pushed their lead to 44-41 with only 16 seconds left, but Goza drilled a three pointer from just outside the top of the key to send the game into overtime.

The lead see-sawed back and forth in the overtime period before Goza hit a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left to give the Lady Rebels a 52-51 win. Goza scored Riverside's final seven points of the game, in finishing with a game high 30 points on the afternoon.

Kyley Campbell scored nine points, Becca Frayer tallied six, Alyssia Thibodeaux netted four while Tara Campbell pitched in three points. Riverside hit 18-29 free throws and made two three pointers.

Gabrielle Scales scored 16 points while Shakeena Johnson added 14 more for the Lady Red Devils. Augusta hit nine of 12 foul shots and drained two three pointers on the day.

The Lady Rebels will return to regular season action Monday, Jan. 3, hosting EPC at Caraway in 2A-3 conference play. Riverside will close the week against Marmaduke in another 2A-3 conference battle Thursday night at Lake City.

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