(Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)
The Lady Rebels, who were playing without post players Lauren Weaver and Gattlin Hale, battled the defending conference champions throughout the game before running out of steam in the second half.
"Riverside played a really good game tonight," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "I know Riverside missed Weaver tonight and really Kenzley (Wilson) was still under the weather, but they really came to play tonight. I thought our depth wore them down in the second half. I probably should have played my bench a little more, but we did sit our starters some in the first half so they were pretty fresh in the second half of play. It was a tough game and I'm just glad to get out of here with a win."
Brittany Fowler led the Lady Mustangs with a game high 24 points while Emily Owens chipped in 10. Katelyn Sparkman scored seven, Cassidy Qualls tallied six, Madison Greathouse had three while Brittany Stockton and Shania Junyor added two points apiece to round out the Lady Mustang scoring attack.
Kenzley Wilson led Riverside with 20 points while Anna Brickell added 10 more. Catlyn Sailor and Natalie Milligan scored four points apiece while Ashlyn Snyder and Chelsea Nichols pitched in two points each for the Lady Rebels.
Blaire Wildy led BIC with 13 points. Kayla Griffin scored seven, Sadie Lawson netted four, Ashley Field and Jonna Carmichael tallied two points apiece for the Lady Mustangs while Nikki Gordon added one point.
Skylar Kauke and Madison Black led Riverside with four points apiece. Britany Kelems, Cassidy Hellenthal and Jennifer Hellenthal all scored two points each while McKenna Beach added one.
Riverside will return to action Monday night when they travel to Black Rock to take on the Lady Zebras. The Lady Rebels will take a break for the holidays before participating in the Gerald Jennings Tournament beginning Nov. 26 at Armorel.
The Lady Mustangs return to the hardcourt Monday night when they play host to Midland before returning to action Nov. 26 for the White County Invitational Tournament.