Lady Rebels dominate Cross County 54-24

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Riverside raced to a 12-0 lead over Cross County and coasted to a comfortable 54-24 victory over the Lady Thunderbirds Thursday night at Cherry Valley in 2A-3 senior girls basketball action.

Riverside senior Ashlyn Snyder launches a three pointer Thursday night in 2A-3 conference play at Cross County. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

Senior guard Chelsea Nichols' three pointer, followed by five straight points from Natalie Milligan, capped off Riverside's early run. Brittan Belgard finally got the Lady Thunderbirds on the board at the 3:00 mark of the opening period, but Nichols quickly drained her second triple to extend the Lady Rebel lead to 15-2. Riverside closed the first stanza with an 18-5 lead.

Riverside stretched their lead to as many as 20 points in the second period, behind the scoring of Skylar Kauke and Megan Davidson. Kauke scored seven points during the quarter while Davidson added six more. Belgard nailed a three pointer for the host team, while Tara King scored Cross County's final five points of the period as the Lady Rebels took a 32-14 lead into the dressing room at intermission.

Riverside put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring the Thunderbirds 17-6 to take a commanding 49-20 advantage into the final frame. Nichols connected on two more triples during the third period while Hattie Milligan also dropped home a three point bomb.

Lady Rebel Megan Davidson battles for the ball amidst a trio of Lady Thunderbirds in senior girls basketball action last week against Cross County.

"This was a good win to take us into Christmas break," said Riverside Coach Jeff Womack. "We needed to get some work in. I thought Megan Davidson played a really good game tonight. If we had a player of the game it would have to be her. The first half we missed too many shots. I thought we should have had a bigger lead at the half than what we had. We are a work in progress. We are inconsistent. Hopefully we can get it together in the two tournaments we have coming up."

Nichols led three Lady Rebels in double figures, scoring 12 points. Davidson finished with 11 while Kauke chipped in 10. Hattie Milligan contributed eight, Haven Robertson and Natalie Milligan pitched in six points each while Ashlyn Snyder added one point. Riverside connected on 17-28 foul shots and drained six three pointers.

King led Cross County with nine points while Belgard added eight. The Lady Thunderbirds made 4-10 free throws and canned a pair of treys.

In the junior high contest, Riverside (12-5 5-1 2A-3) rolled to a 38-12 victory over Cross County. The Lady Rebels pitched a first half shutout, leading 12-0 after the opening quarter and 23-0 at the half. Riverside took a 31-5 advantage into the final frame.

Brittney Sain topped the Lady Rebels with 12 points. Bailey Fisher scored eight, Carson Smith tallied six while Briley Douglas, Mallory Felton and Cayci Daniels all added three points apiece. Hannah Shinall contributed two while Carmen Campbell finished with one point.

Riverside (10-6, 3-3 2A-3) will return to action Monday, Dec. 29, when they open play in the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament as the number three seed in Division II. The Lady Rebels received a first round bye and will play the winner of the game between sixth seeded Tuckerman and number 11 seed Westside. Tipoff is set for 10:30 a.m. at the Convocation Center on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

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