The Riverside girls snapped a two-game losing streak and gained their first Northwest Central Conference win of the season with a 43-20 win at Lima Perry Dec. 17.
The Lady Pirates are now 3-5 overall and 1-0 in NWCC. The Lady Commodores remain winless on the year.
Riverside controlled the tempo of the game with its defense, throwing out a zone in the first half and a man-to-man in the second, both of which kept Perry off-kilter and off the scoreboard. On the offensive end, the Pirates were alert and composed, and were able to keep hold of the ball (only 16 turnovers for the night) and recorded a jaw-dropping 17 assists on just 19 baskets.
The Pirates also wiped the boards clean, pulling in 34 rebounds and refusing the Commodores second shots.
Three Pirates made it to double digits in scoring. Aubrey Stephens and Shelby Giles each had an even dozen points for head coach Danielle King, while Marissa Davis recorded yet another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Courtnie Smith dished out four of the Pirates’ 17 assists, while Giles added five steals and seven boards of her own.
In a game at Triad Dec. 15, Riverside lost the non-conference affair, 43-35. The Pirates did an admirable job on the boards with 41 rebounds on the night, with Davis pulling in 18 of the ricochets by herself. But the Pirates coughed 24 turnovers and were unable to contain the Cardinal scoring machine named Jenna Ober, who dropped 17 points on the visitors, many of which came just as Riverside was poised to make a run at the hosts.
In addition to her amazing 18 rebounds, Davis led the Pirates in scoring against the Cardinals with nine. Smith and Giles each had eight points and Smith hit the Pirates’ only three-pointer. Stephens had six boards and three steals.
Riverside will host the Shelby County Athletic League’s Botkins Trojans Saturday, Dec. 19 in DeGraff. Tip-off time is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.