Lady Rebels defeat EPC on senior night

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Riverside took down East Poinsett County 52-37 as the Lady Rebels honored four seniors Friday night in 2A-3 conference basketball action at Lake City.

Riverside (19-10, 9-7 2A-3) jumped to a 13-6 lead after the first stanza and held a 29-18 advantage at the half. The Lady Rebels led 37-29 entering the fourth quarter.

Chlesea Nichols drilled four triples and led Riverside with 12 points. Kenzley Wilson had 11 while Anna Brickell recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Skylar Kauke tallied eight points and snared 12 boards while Gattlin Hale pitched in seven points and pulled down a game high 16 rebounds. Madison Black contributed two points while Catlyn Sailor added one.

"It's going to be very hard to replace Kenzley and Anna," said Lady Rebel Coach Jeff Womack. "Kenzley is our main ball handler and our leading scorer. She has been a great player for Riverside. Anna does everything we ask of her. She is always hustling, is an excellent rebounder and a tremendous leader. Catlyn is a scrappy player who gets a lot of loose balls. We are going to miss her a lot. We can always count on Jordan Miller for leadership and she has given us added depth in the post."

The Lady Rebels hammered Cross County 61-26 Wednesday night at Cherry Valley. Riverside bolted to a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and held a commanding 37-13 advantage at the half. The Lady Rebels took a 52-19 lead into the final frame.

Wilson led the Riverside with 16 points while Hale and Kauke also tallied double digits, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively. Nichols and Sailor pitched in six points apiece, Megan Davidson had five, Madison Black scored four, Anna Brickell tallied two while Ashlyn Snyder chipped in one point.

In junior high action, Cross County squeezed past Riverside 31-30. The two teams battled to a 4-4 tie after the first period before the Lady Thunderbirds took a slim 18-15 edge at the half. Cross County led 24-17 after three quarters before the Lady Rebels put on a fourth quarter rally that fell just short.

Rachel Wilson scored a game high 15 points to lead Cross County, who hit 3-4 foul shots and made four three pointers.

Hattie Milligan topped Riverside with nine points while Haven Robertson and Carson Smith chipped in eight and seven points respectively. Bailey Fisher scored four while Morgan Booth added two points. Riverside connected on 6-11 free throws and nailed four three pointers on the night.

Riverside cruised past EPC 47-19 Friday night behind the 18 point performance of Haven Robertson. Bailey Fisher scored nine, Hattie Milligan had seven while Carson Smith chipped in six points. Morgan Booth, Brittney Sain and Cassidy Hellenthal pitched in two points each while McKenna Beach added one point.

Madison Wiggins led the Lady Warriors with 11 points.

The senior Lady Rebels will play Brookland Thursday night at Lake City. The junior girls will open district tournament play Tuesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Marmaduke.

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