Lady Rebels capture District tournament championship
Jr. boys finish tournament runner-up
Fourth seeded Riverside knocked off the top two seeds in the 2A-3 District Tournament Saturday at Cross County to take home the girls championship. East Poinsett County rolled past Riverside 54-34 to claim the boys title.
The Lady Rebels began the day with a 41-31 semifinal victory over number one seeded and regular season conference champion Rector. Kenzley Wilson led Riverside with a game high 19 points. Wilson came back Saturday night to score 14 points, leading the Lady Rebels over second seeded Marmaduke 27-20 in the championship game.
"It all came down to defense, and us not turning the ball over," said Riverside Coach Carrie Redman. "This group has been tremendous. They have worked so hard. They came ready to play. This means the world to me. All the hard work the kids have put in really paid off. I am so proud of our girls and it took all 13 girls to win. This is the way you want to finish the year."
Anna Brickell scored seven points in the title game while Ashlyn Snyder, Natalie Milligan and Gattlin Hale all scored two points apiece. Riverside finished 12-17 from the foul line and hit one trey on the night.
Riverside held a slim 5-4 edge after the opening period before the two teams went to the dressing room tied at six points apiece. The game remained even at 17-17 after three quarters, but the Lady Rebels outscored Marmaduke 10-3 in the final frame to claim the victory.
In the semifinal game, Gattlin Hale scored eight points, Ashlyn Snyder tallied seven, Jordan Miller netted three, Anna Brickell and Natalie Milligan contributed two points each while Chelsea Nichols added one point.
The Lady Rebels began the tournament with a 37-12 thrashing of East Poinsett County. Kenzley Wilson led Riverside with 11 points, Gattlin Hale scored nine, Anna Brickell tallied six, Ashlyn Snyder added five, Natalie Milligan netted four while Kenadi Calahan contributed two points.
Kenzley Wilson and Anna Brickell were both named to the 2A-3 All-Conference team.
East Poinsett County jumped to a 24-3 halftime lead and never looked back in defeating Riverside in the finals of the boys championship game.
Malik Monk scored a game high 20 points to lead the Warriors while teammates Chris Bey and Paul Pilgrim added 12 points apiece.
Ben Hensley paced the Rebels with 14 points while Kollin Stone added 10. Brandon Sain scored five, Caleb Waugh tallied three while Gunner Tyler added two points.
"The second half we played okay but we were intimidated early," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "Kollin (Stone) got into foul trouble early and had to set on the bench a lot of the first half. EPC is awfully good defensively. They are very quick. They are just a very good basketball team. But we had a very good year. We finished 24-9 and we are very young. We played a lot of eighth graders. It looks good for the future."
The Rebels began the tournament with a hard fought 39-34 victory over Marked Tree Friday night. Caleb Waugh paced Riverside with 12 points while Ben Hensley added 10. Kollin Stone scored nine, Brandon Sain netted six while Jacob Jordan chipped in two points.
Marked Tree led 14-13 after the first quarter and 21-20 at the half, before the Rebels rallied to take a 27-25 lead after three periods of play.
The Rebels, who also finished the regular season as the 2A-3 conference runner-up, placed three players on the All-Conference team in Kollin Stone, Ben Hensley and Brandon Sain.