Marmaduke rallies past Lady Rebels 40-32
Riverside Coach Jeff Womack put together what looked to be the perfect plan against powerhouse Marmaduke in the two team's 2A-3 conference tilt Thursday night at Lake City. The Lady Rebels spread the floor offensively, looking for easy baskets while running as much clock as possible in hopes of counteracting the potent Lady Greyhound offensive machine.
The ploy worked to perfection for a half, as Riverside took a 22-20 lead into the dressing room at intermission. But the Lady Greyhounds came alive in the second half, taking the lead in the third quarter before holding off Riverside in the final period behind clutch free throw shooting to post a hard fought 40-32 victory over the Lady Rebels.
"I thought we had a good game plan," said Riverside Coach Jeff Womack. "But they are a very good team, and once they got the lead they were able to hit their free throws and close us out. We had to try to keep the score low for us to have a chance to win. Marmaduke has been scoring 85 points a lot, and we held them to 40 tonight. That's about all we can ask for. We had a chance to have a bigger lead at the half than we did, had we executed some of our layups. Sidnee Bopp hit a huge three right before the end of the half that sliced our lead from five points to two, which was big. But I'm really proud of my girls. They really played well."
Riverside held a slim 12-11 lead after the first quarter, thanks to a driving five foot leaner by freshman Haven Robertson. Senior Ashlyn Snyder added consecutive three pointers as the Lady Rebels battled back from an early 8-2 deficit.
Robertson continued to find holes in the Lady Greyhound defense, scoring six more points in the second stanza, as Riverside built a 22-17 lead. But Bopp, a Western Kentucky University signee, drilled a long three pointer just before the halftime buzzer to slice the Lady Rebel advantage to just two points.
Marmaduke got even in the third quarter, and took the lead for good, 26-24, when Cally Burgess banked home a seven-footer at the 4:59 mark. Allison Hampton's offensive stickback with 1:48 left in the quarter gave the Lady Greyhounds a 28-25 advantage heading into the final period of play. Robertson scored Riverside's only bucket of the third period.
Marmaduke stretched its lead to 36-27 with 1:07 to go. Hattie Milligan fired in a three pointer and followed up with a pair of free throws to trim the Lady Greyhound lead to 36-32 with 24 seconds left. But Madison Price slammed the door shut on the Riverside come-back attempt, nailing four consecutive foul shots to preserve the victory.
Price, who went 8-8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, led Marmaduke with 14 points. Bopp added nine more, all on three pointers. The Lady Greyhounds hit 10-13 free throws and nailed four treys.
Robertson paced Riverside with 12 points. Milligan scored eight, Snyder had six, Gattlin Hale netted four while Skylar Kauke pitched in two points. Riverside reached the free throw line seven times, connecting on five, and finished with three treys on the night.
Riverside began the week, dropping a 57-47 decision to East Poinsett County Monday night at Lake City. Christian Hinson led the Lady Warriors with 17 points while Synteria Ward and Alyson Phillips pitched in 14 and 13 points respectively.
Skylar Kauke led Riverside with a double-double, scoring 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.
In junior high action, Riverside improved to 14-5 overall and 7-1 in league play with a pair of conference wins. The Lady Rebels began the week with a 47-25 win over EPC as Brittney Sain led Riverside with 16 points.
Riverside closed the week with a 30-23 victory over Marmaduke. Sain led the Lady Rebels with nine points. Briley Douglas scored seven while Carson Smith and Hannah Shinall chipped in six points apiece. Bailey Fisher added two points.
Riverside returns to action Monday night when they take on Buffalo Island Central at Monette. The Lady Rebels (10-9, 3-5 2A-3) travel to Walnut Ridge Thursday night for a nonconference tilt against the Lady Bobcats.