Wilson's basket propels Riverside to Regional Tournament
LATE BUCKET ENDS LADY MUSTANGS' SEASON
Riverside and Buffalo Island Central continued their storied rivalry Wednesday night in the 2A-3 District Tournament at Monette. The two teams battled for a spot in this week's Class 2A Regional at Pangburn and the outcome hung in the balance to the very end. Kenzley Wilson's offensive rebound and stick-back with 36 seconds left provided the winning points for the Lady Rebels, enabling Riverside to pull out a thrilling 50-49 victory over the Lady Mustangs.
Buffalo Island Central broke out on top in the early going, and held an 11-8 edge after Cidnie Brooks' 10-foot jumper at the 4:13 mark of the opening period. But the Lady Rebels caught fire from beyond the three point arc, drilling three consecutive treys, one each by Skylar Kauke, Chelsea Nichols and Wilson to take a 17-13 lead. Riverside closed the quarter on Gattlin Hale's offensive stick-in for a 20-14 advantage at the first break.
Riverside extended its lead in the second stanza as Wilson scored six straight points to push the Lady Rebel lead to 28-16 with 5:00 left in the half. Madison Greathouse dropped in a three pointer to cut BIC's deficit to single digits, but Lady Rebel Anna Brickell hit Riverside's fifth three pointer of the first half, giving the Lady Rebels a 31-19 lead at the 3:59 mark.
Hannah Poe scored on a driving lay-in, and Brooks popped a trey to slice the Riverside lead to 32-24, but Brickell canned a pair of free throws with five seconds to go, giving the Lady Rebels a 34-24 halftime advantage.
Riverside stayed in control throughout most of the third quarter, and led 44-35 when Nichols buried a triple with 1:50 left in the period. BIC fought back, scoring the final five points of the quarter on an offensive rebound bucket from senior Taylor McKuin and a three point play from Poe, sending the game into the final frame with Riverside up 44-40.
Wilson scored on back to back buckets to begin the third period, giving Riverside a 48-42 lead with 6:52 left in the game, but it would be the Lady Rebels' last field goals of the contest.
Poe answered with a three pointer to slice the Riverside lead to three at the 6:25 mark. Neither team could score over the next three minutes until Poe sank a pair of foul shots to pull BIC to within 48-47. Karo Thomas' eight-foot bank shot at the 3:00 mark gave BIC its first lead, 49-48, since the 3:45 mark of the first period.
Both teams struggled on the offensive end until Brickell was fouled with 39 seconds remaining. The senior forward misfired on both free throw attempts, but Wilson snatched the second miss and banked in a five-footer to give Riverside a one point edge.
BIC had an opportunity to take the lead with 15 seconds left, but McKuin missed an off balance shot. The Lady Mustangs immediately fouled, sending Catlyn Sailor to the line with 10 seconds to go. Sailor missed the front end of the one and one. BIC rebounded but Riverside's Brickell came up with a steal and was fouled with four seconds to go. Brickell missed Riverside's fourth straight free throw, giving BIC one last gasp, but the Lady Mustangs again turned the ball over as the clock ran out, allowing Riverside to escape with the one point victory.
"We had a series of plays toward the end of the game that just didn't go our way," said BIC Coach Stan Fowler. "I am very proud of our girls' effort, especially the way we battled back. We really put up a good fight. You have to give Riverside a lot of credit. Wilson got a big rebound and scored when Riverside had to have it. I thought they did a great job on the offensive boards, especially in the first half, which proved to be the difference in the game."
Wilson led Riverside with 20 points while Kauke and Nichols pitched in nine points apiece. Hale scored six, Brickell had five while Ashlyn Snyder added one point to round out the Lady Rebel attack. Riverside connected on 13-21 foul shots and drained seven three pointers.
Poe scored a game high 21 points to lead BIC while Thomas was next with 10 points. McKuin scored seven, Greathouse netted six while Brooks chipped in five points. BIC canned 8-11 free throws and connected on five treys.
BIC began the tournament with a come from behind 51-44 victory Tuesday night over Augusta. The Lady Red Devils took a 14-11 lead after the first quarter. Augusta led by eight late in the second stanza before Poe threw in a three pointer just as the halftime buzzer sounded to narrow the Augusta lead to 25-20 at the half. BIC rallied in the third period to take a 38-35 edge into the final frame.
Poe led the Lady Mustangs with 18 points while McKuin followed closely behind, scoring 17 Greathouse netted nine, Thomas had four while Brooks added three. BIC made 14-24 foul shots and drilled five three pointers.
Lakeyia Alexander led Augusta with 14 points while Diamond Tucker added 12. The Lady Red Devils went just 3-15 from the foul line and made three triples.
The Lady Rebels advanced to the quarterfinals with a 47-13 win over Cross County Tuesday night. Riverside built a commanding 18-0 lead after the first period and held a 27-6 advantage at the half. Sailor led the Lady Rebels with 10 points.