Rebels fall at EPC, Lady Rebels end conference season on winning note
Riverside closed the conference season with a two game split last week, defeating Cross County 65-50 Tuesday night at Lake City before falling to East Poinsett County 71-45 Friday night at Lepanto.
Riverside (18-12, 9-7 2A-3) trailed 22-13 at the half before blistering the nets for 52 points after intermission to roll to a 15 point win over Cross County. Gavin Stone and Luke Baker combined for 25 second half points to spark the Rebel comeback.
Kollin Stone led Riverside with 19 points while Gavin Stone finished with 15. Baker and Brandon Sain chipped in 10 points apiece. Anfernee Davis topped the Thunderbirds with 14 points while Austin Phelan added 11.
Riverside took the junior high game 34-30 behind the 13 point performance of Dillon Turner.
East Poinsett County locked up a share of second place in the 2A-3 conference race with a 26 point victory over the Rebels. The Warriors placed three players in double digits, led by Clay Malone's 26 points. Dez Barnes scored 17 while Xzavier Reed added 11. EPC led 14-7 after the first quarter, 31-19 at the half and 48-34 after three periods of play.
Brandon Sain paced the Rebels with 16 while Luke Baker added 10 points.
The Warriors took the junior boys contest 62-45.
Riverside returns to action Tuesday night when the Rebels play host to Manila in nonconference play. The Rebels close the week against Brookland at Lake City.
The Lady Rebels completed their conference season with a pair of victories, blasting Cross County 58-24 Monday night at Lake City before edging East Poinsett County 62-61 Thursday night at Lepanto.
Skylar Kauke poured in 17 points to lead Riverside past Cross County. The Lady Rebels outscored the Thunderbirds 45-8 over the second and third periods of play to put the game out of reach. Haven Robertson and Hannah Fisher added 10 points each for Riverside.
East Poinsett County knocked down what appeared to be the game winner in Riverside's one point win over the Lady Warriors. But the basket was waived off as time had expired, allowing the Lady Rebels to escape with the victory. Riverside held a six point lead late in the game, but missed free throws allowed EPC one last opportunity to grab the win.
Kauke topped Riverside (17-11, 8-6 2A-3) with 18 points. Robertson chipped in 17 points, including an 11-11 performance from the foul line. Synteria Ward scored a game high 20 points to lead the Lady Warriors while Alyson Phillips chipped in 19, including four three pointers.
In junior high action, Riverside (22-6, 12-2 2A-3) defeated EPC 44-21. Brittney Sain led the Lady Rebels with 13 points while Briley Douglas added 10 points and 15 boards.
2A-3 District Tournament at Rector
The Lady Rebels began district tournament play with a 45-12 drubbing over host Rector Saturday night. Bailey Fisher paced Riverside with 17 points. The Lady Rebels held a 26-6 advantage at the half and took an insurmountable 40-10 lead into the fourth quarter.
Riverside, the second seed, will face third seeded Marmaduke in semifinal action Wednesday night at 6:30.