Earle claims 2A Regional title with 47-33 win over lady Rebels
Earle strung together a 14-1 second quarter surge and went on to subdue Riverside 47-33 to claim the 2A North Regional girls basketball championship Saturday night at Sloan Hendrix.
The Lady Rebels dictated the tempo early on, slowing down the Lady Bulldogs' fast paced attack to take a 10-8 lead after the opening quarter. Freshman Roshaia Scott began the second period with a steal and lay-up to tie the contest 10-all. After Riverside's Haven Robertson dropped in a free throw, the Lady Bulldogs came away with two more steals and outscored the Lady Rebels 12-0 over the next three and a half minutes to take a 23-13 advantage. Earle held a 10 point lead, 25-15, at the half.
The Lady Bulldogs began to stretch their margin in the third quarter when Veronique Sanders banged in back to back threes to up their lead to 37-23. Earle closed the stanza with a 40-25 advantage. Riverside could get no closer than 11 points in the fourth quarter.
"I'm proud of the way we battled tonight," said Riverside Coach Spencer Hoffman. "Earle is very athletic and quick. They have a good team and they did a good job of guarding our three point shots. We had some chances but we didn't finish at the rim."
Riverside was led by Robertson who pumped in 13 points. Hattie Milligan scored seven, Brittany Sain had six, Bailey Fisher tallied five while Carson Smith chipped in two points. The Lady Rebels hit 16-22 free throws and made one three pointer while turning the ball over 16 times.
Aundrea Allen scored a game high 18 points, including 12 in the pivotal second quarter to lead Earle. Scott and Taklia Baker finished with 10 points apiece. The Lady Bulldogs made nine of 14 foul shots and drained four three pointers.
Riverside reached the finals with a 41-36 victory over host Sloan Hendrix Friday in semifinal play. The Lady Rebels held a 9-5 lead after the first quarter before settling on a 19-18 edge at the half. The two teams battled to a 25-25 tie after three periods of play. Riverside fell behind 32-30 with under two and a half minutes to go before Fisher buried a 30-footer to give the Lady Rebels a 33-32 lead. Riverside dropped in eight straight foul shots down the stretch, including six straight by Milligan to seal the victory.
Milligan led Riverside with 13 points while Fisher and Robertson chipped in 10 points apiece. Sain added eight points.
Riverside will begin Class 2A State Tournament action Thursday afternoon at Marmaduke. The Lady Rebels will enter play as a number two seed and will take on the third seed from the East, Magnet Cove, at 1 p.m.