Late Osceola rally stuns Lady Rebels 44-41
Osceola overcame an early 22-point deficit and stormed back in the second half to stun the Lady Rebels 44-41 in 3A-3 conference basketball action Tuesday night at Lake City.
Riverside charged out of the gate and held a 15-2 lead after the opening period. The Lady Rebels stretched their advantage to 26-4 before watching the Lady Seminoles score the last 10 points of the first half, closing the gap to 26-14 at intermission.
Using a full court press in the third quarter, Osceola began forcing Riverside turnovers, and sliced the Lady Rebel advantage to a mere 36-34 entering the fourth period.
Bailey Fisher nailed a three pointer to push the Rebel lead to 39-34 early in the fourth, but a 10-foot Krystan Vornes jumper trimmed the lead back to three. Haven Robertson scored what would be Riverside's last points of the night on a driving layin at the 4:34 mark to give the Lady Rebels a 41-36 lead. But the Lady Seminoles would score the last eight points of the game, including four each by Imani Fletcher and Akeyla Barksdale. Barksdale's short jumper with just 55 seconds left gave Osceola its first lead of the game, 41-40. After a Riverside turnover, Fletcher drove the length of the floor, giving the Lady Seminoles a three point cushion with 26 seconds remaining. Riverside played for a game tying three-pointer, but failed to get a good look at the bucket as the clock ran out, giving Osceola the improbable comeback win.
Vornes scored a game high 20 points to lead Osceola while Fletcher added 14. The Lady Seminoles connected on 11-18 foul shots and made one three-pointer.
Riverside got 14 points apiece from Robertson and Fisher. Brittany Sain scored six, Briley Douglas had five while Whitney Wagganor and Carson Smith chipped in one point apiece. The Lady Rebels struggled room the foul line, hitting just three of 10 foul shots. The Lady Rebels drained six treys, including four by Fisher.
In junior high action, Riverside clobbered Osceola 58-37. Beaner Hoffman topped the Lady Rebels with 15 points while Grace Ann Puckett scored nine. Lexi Hall, Carmen Campell and Anna Meurer all chipped in eight points apiece. Cailey Qualls tallied three while Alexis Courtney, Autumn Courtney and Alexis Boatman all added two points each.
Riverside closed the week with a 59-33 win over Gosnell. Robertson dropped in a game high 23 points to lead the Lady Rebels while Fisher scored 17. Douglas tallied six, Sain netted five while Wagganor, Hattie Milligan, Mallory Felton and Hailey Carr all contributed two points each.
In the junior high game, Riverside beat Gosnell 38-33. Hall led the Lady Rebels with 13 points while Puckett scored 10. Hoffman and Alexis Courtney dropped in four points apiece while Ashlyn Wright netted three.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night against Brookland at Lake City. The Lady Rebels travel to Westside Thursday night to take on the Lady Warriors.