Riverside watched Walnut Ridge rally from an eight point halftime deficit for a come-from-behind 62-55 victory over the Rebels Thursday night at Lake City in 2A-3 conference basketball action.
The Rebels held an 18-12 lead after the opening period of play and took a 36-28 lead into the dressing room at the half. The Bobcats fought back in the third quarter and tied the game at 48-48 heading into the final frame. Walnut Ridge outscored Riverside 14-7 in the fourth period to pull out the win.
The Bobcats (11-10, 7-8 2A-3) were led by Range Weeks' 23 points. Weeks drilled five treys on the night, including four in the pivotal second half. Zach Crisler added 10 points for Walnut Ridge.
Logan Meurer led Riverside with 23 points while Alteeno Sain added 10. Riverside saw its record drop to 10-17 overall and 3-11 in the 2A-3 conference.
In junior high action, seventh grader Gavin Stone buried a school record nine three pointers, all in the first half, to lead Riverside to a 53-33 victory over the Bobcats. Stone led the Rebels with a game high 29 points, all coming in the opening half of play. Stone finished nine of 13 from beyond the three point line. The victory upped the Rebel's overall record to 25-4 and conference mark to 12-2.
Riverside began the week, dropping a 62-46 decision to Marked Tree Tuesday night at Caraway. Allen Buchanan led the Indians with 16 points while Thadious Moore added 13. Gunner Pitts and Darius Ivy netted 12 points apiece for Marked Tree, who held a 17 point lead after three quarters of play.
Alteeno Sain led Riverside with a double-double, scoring 18 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. Logan Meurer pitched in 13 points and dished out seven assists for the Rebels.
Riverside took the junior high game 56-45. Kollin Stone led the Rebels with 18 while Devon Austin scored 16 and Victor Cerda added 13.
D'Angelo Grippin led Marked Tree with a game high 27 points.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Cherry Valley to take on Cross County. The Rebels will close the week with a road trip to Lepanto to take on the number one team in the state, East Poinsett County.
The Lady Rebels dropped a pair of conference games, losing 52-46 to Marked Tree Monday night at Caraway before dropping a 56-31 decision Thursday night to Walnut Ridge at Lake City.
Poohnu Perry led Marked Tree with 23 points while Jay Perry scored 12 and Lexi Perry added 10. The Lady Indians led 17-10 after the first period before Riverside rallied to take a 25-24 edge at the half. Marked Tree regained the lead, 40-35, heading into the final frame.
Kenzley Wilson led Riverside with a game high 25 points and 11 rebounds while Bekah Frayer added 13 more.
In junior high action, Gattlin Hale scored 12 points to lead Riverside to a 27-24 win over the Indians.
Walnut Ridge placed four players in double digits in the Lady Bobcats' 25 point victory over Riverside Thursday night. Walnut Ridge (8-11, 6-6 2A-3) led 13-9 after the first quarter, 29-16 at the half and 45-24 after three quarters of play.
Ashlin Cothern led Walnut Ridge with 16 points, Caroline Kelley netted 15, Anna Bland scored 12 while Katie Lewis added 11. Lewis also snared 12 boards to finish with a double-double.
Riverside (7-17, 2-12 2A-3) was led by Bekah Frayer's game high 18 points while Kenzely Wilson chipped in 11.
Walnut Ridge claimed the junior high contest 34-27.
The Lady Rebels will play at Cross County Monday night before traveling to East Poinsett County Thursday night.