Felton's late bucket gives Junior Lady Rebels Gerald Jennings Title
Riverside's Mallory Felton scored with five seconds left to lift the junior Lady Rebels to a thrilling 38-37 victory over Nettleton in the finals of the Gerald Jennings Invitational Tournament Saturday night at Manila.
Felton's game winner upped Riverside's season record to 13-4 and helped avenge the Lady Rebel's loss in the finals a year ago.
Felton finished with a game high 14 points while Grace Anne Puckett added 10. Courtney Crippen and Jakyra Meabon scored 13 and 10 points respectively to top the Lady Raiders, who fell to 7-3 on the season.
Riverside advanced to the finals, defeating Marked Tree 41-15 in the opening round before downing Gosnell 31-21 in the semifinals. Briley Douglas pumped in 15 points while Carmen Campbell and Puckett added 12 and eight points respectively in Riverside's win over Marked Tree. Ashlynn Wright scored four while Autumn Courtney added two. Felton scored 14 points while Puckett added 10 in the Lady Rebel's victory over Gosnell. Wright scored three while Douglas and Lexi Hall added two points apiece.
Nettleton came out on top in the senior high finals, defeating the Lady Rebels 70-39. The Lady Raiders put four players in double figures, led by Katerra Sharp's 13 point performance. Dasia Young scored 11 while Javia Wilson and Bailey Booker pitched in 10 points apiece. Nettleton, 6-0 on the season, led 20-9 after the first quarter and increased their advantage to 40-22 at intermission. The Lady Raiders took a 65-28 lead into the fourth period.
Riverside (9-5) was led by Bailey Fisher, who pumped in a game high 14 points while Haven Robertson added 10 more.
The Lady Rebels used a 23-0 run to defeat East Poinsett County 51-33 in Friday night's semifinal action. Riverside fell behind 13-7 late in the first quarter, but scored 23 straight points to take a 31-13 lead with 2:21 left in the first half. EPC closed the gap to 33-21 at intermission, but Riverside cruised in the second half to advance to the finals.
Fisher knocked down five three pointers to pace Riverside with 15 points. Robertson poured in 12 while Brittney Sain added 10. Hattie Milligan and Carson Smith tallied five points apiece while Skylar Kauke added four. Krystan Vornes led EPC with 14.
The Lady Rebels opened the tournament with a 52-19 win over Marked Tree. Robertson and Fisher led Riverside with 12 points apiece. Kauke scored eight, Milligan had seven, Sain netted six, Smith pitched in three while Hannah Shinall and Madi Black added two points apiece.
Riverside began the week with a 46-28 conference win over Rector. Fisher paced the Lady Rebels with 15 points while Robertson added 12. Milligan dished out nine assists.
Riverside took the junior high contest 27-15.
The Lady Rebels demolished South Pemiscot County 84-11 Thursday night at Steele, Mo. Fisher pumped in a game high 29 points, including nine three pointers, to lead Riverside. Robertson chipped in 18, Smith scored 13 while Sain added 12. Hannah Shinall netted six, Kauke tallied five while Milligan pitched in one point.
The Lady Rebels return to action Monday night with a road trip to Earle. Riverside will close the week at Marked Tree.