Warriors spoil Rebels' senior night celebration
East Poinsett County put a damper on Riverside's senior night celebration, defeating the Rebels 61-42 Friday night in 2A-3 conference action at Lake City.
Five Rebels were honored, including seniors Caleb Waugh, Ben Hensley, Wes Sanders, Logan Moyer and Cody Wells. "We've got some kids that haven't gotten to play a lot, but they've done everything we've asked of them," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "It's probably the most supportive bench we've had here in a long time. Guys like Sanders, Moyer and Wells have sat on the bench, but they have been so positive. They've been a joy to be around. Caleb (Waugh) has been so valuable to us. Ben (Hensley) has given us a lot of minutes."
"We wanted to do a lot better tonight but we just didn't shoot the ball well. EPC is a very good team and they shot the ball well tonight. They are just quick and physical. When they are hitting their shots they are tough to beat," added Campbell.
Riverside (20-11, 10-6 2A-3) fell behind 15-11 after the first quarter and trailed 36-23 at intermission. The Rebels were never able to cut the deficit to single digits in the second half.
Byron Scales led the Warriors with a game high 19 points while Chris Whitfield chipped in 10 more.
Waugh topped the Rebels with 15 points while Devon Austin added 13 more. Kollin Stone scored six, Luke Baker tallied four, Hensley had three while Wells pitched in one point.
The Rebels began the week with a 59-48 win over Cross County Wednesday night at Cherry Valley. Riverside broke a 22-22 halftime tie, outscoring the Thunderbirds 24-13 in the third period to take a 46-35 lead into the final frame.
Waugh paced the Rebels with 19 points while Stone contributed a double-double, scoring 16 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. Austin finished with 10 points and nine boards.
Tyler Futrell led Cross County with 12 points.
In junior high action, Riverside hammered EPC 41-25 to clinch a share of the 2A-3 conference championship. The Rebels will enter district tournament play as the number one seed.
Riverside (24-7, 14-2 2A-3) raced to a 21-2 lead after the opening quarter and held a whopping 30-3 advantage at the half. The Rebels took a 32-19 lead into the fourth period.
Braden Overman led the Rebels with eight points while Gannon Crews scored six. Chris Sain had five, Dillon Turner, Canon Walling and Garrett Grimes chipped in four points apiece, Gavin Stone tallied three while Dylan Davis pitched in two points.
The Rebels dropped a 43-28 decision Tuesday night at Cross County.
The junior boys will open district tournament play Wednesday afternoon. Game time is set for 4:30 at Marmaduke.