Lady Rebels knock off rival BIC 52-40

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Freshman guard Haven Robertson carved up the Buffalo Island Central defense on her way to a 24 point performance, leading Riverside to a 52-40 victory over the rival Lady Mustangs Monday night in 2A-3 conference action at Monette.

Riverside point guard Hattie Milligan splits BIC defenders Hannah Poe (1) and Madison Greathouse (2) during 2A-3 conference play Monday night at Monette. (Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)

The Lady Rebels led from start to finish and worked their way to the foul line for 31 attempts, connecting on 25, an 80 percent clip. Senior guard Chelsea Nichols helped Riverside to an 11-2 lead, drilling three treys in the first two minutes of the game. Robertson's three point play later in the quarter upped the Lady Rebel margin to 12, before Riverside closed the period with a 23-12 lead.

BIC fought back in the second stanza, thanks to three point plays by Hannah Poe and Blaire Wildy, chopping the Riverside advantage to 25-20 at the 3:58 mark. Neither team could find the basket the rest of the half, with the only points coming from a pair of Robertson free throws with one second remaining before intermission, giving the Lady Rebels a seven point halftime lead.

Robertson continued to attack the basket in the third quarter, scoring eight points, as the Lady Rebels stretched their advantage to 42-31 entering the final period of play.

Robertson began the fourth quarter, hitting a pair of free throws as the result of a technical foul given to Lady Mustang Coach Justin Yates, to push the Riverside lead to 44-31.

Back to back buckets by Karoline Thomas and Poe, followed by a three point play from Poe, chopped the Lady Rebel lead to eight at the 4:24 mark. Poe scored again with 3:25 left to slice the Riverside advantage to 46-40, but that was as close as BIC would get. Hattie Milligan hit three free throws while adding a basket over the final two minutes to secure the Riverside victory.

Joining Robertson in double figures for the Lady Rebels was Milligan, who finished with 10 points. Nichols had nine, Skylar Kauke scored six, Gattlin Hale netted two while Ashlyn Snyder chipped in one point.

Poe led BIC with 16 points while Thomas pitched in 12 more. Wildy tallied five, Bailey Owens scored three while Madison Greathouse and Ashley Field chipped in two points apiece.

"I am real proud of my girls tonight," said Riverside Coach Jeff Womack. "We got off to a really good start. Chelsea Nichols hit some big three's and that let us get into the flow of the game. Once we got the lead we weren't going to let BIC play zone. You can see by the 31 free throw attempts we were able to get into the lane a lot, and that was a big factor in the win. We made 80 percent of our free throws and that was a huge factor in the outcome of the game."

"I thought Haven Robertson played an outstanding game," Womack continued. "She was able to get in the paint and they had a hard time stopping her. She got to the line 15 times and made 14. We took care of the ball and only had eight turnovers tonight. Maybe we are beginning to figure out who we are as a team. It's always nice to sweep BIC."

In junior high action, Riverside defeated BIC 42-17. Bailey Fisher nailed four three pointers and scored a team high 14 points to lead the Lady Rebels. Brittney Sain tallied 12, Briley Douglas netted five, Mallory Felton had four, Hannah Shinall contributed three while Carson Smith and Ashlyn Wright chipped in two points apiece.

Heather Sipes, Harley Miller and Holly Stockton led BIC with five points each while Morgan James added two points.

Riverside defeated Walnut Ridge 49-35 in nonconference action Thursday night on the road. The Lady Rebels (12-10) got a team high 15 points from Ashlyn Snyder. Hattie Milligan and Haven Robertson chipped in 11 points apiece.

Allyson McQuay led Walnut Ridge with 11 points.

Riverside took the junior high matchup, defeating the Lady Bobcats 49-20. Bailey Fisher topped the Lady Rebels with 18 points.

Riverside's junior high squad completed the week with a 39-28 win over Bay to improve to 17-5 on the season. Carson Smith led the Lady Rebels with 14 points. Hannah Shinall scored nine, Bailey Fisher tallied eight, Brittney Sain netted four while Briley Douglas and Hailey Carr pitched in two points apiece.

Whitlee Layne led Bay with eight points.

Riverside returns to action Monday night, playing host to Rector, before closing the week Thursday night with another 2A-3 contest against Earle in Lake City.

BIC closed the week with a 61-29 victory at Armorel. Karoline Thomas led the Lady Mustangs with 14 points and eight rebounds while Madison Greathouse chipped in 11 points and came away with five steals. Bailey Owens scored nine points.

In junior high action, BIC pounded Armorel 39-10 to even their record at 9-9 on the season. Heather Sipes and Holly Stockton paced the Lady Mustangs with 10 points each.

BIC returns to the hard court Monday night with a road trip to Cherry Valley where they will meet Cross County in conference play. The Lady Mustangs finish the week with a road game at East Poinsett County.

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