DEGRAFF – The Riverside girls basketball team’s ongoing troubles with handling a press was again apparent in a 48-20 loss at home to Troy Christian in a non-league matchup Jan. 7.
The Lady Pirates (4-8 overall, remain 1-1 in the Northwest Central Conference) coughed the ball up 27 times against the Lady Eagles’ pressure and did not score a point in the third period. Troy Christian outscored Riverside 29-8 after the break, taking 18 foul shots over the final two periods while limiting the hosts to just two attempts from the line in the second half, both in the fourth quarter and well after the game was in hand.
Marissa Davis had eight of the Pirates’ 19 rebounds in addition to grabbing five steals and scoring four points. Shelby Giles led Riverside with eight points and also hauled in eight rebounds. Kalin Kreglow had four points in the loss.
Kathryn Lee knocked down 18 of the Eagles points before being pulled in the fourth quarter. Bailey Peters also reached double figures in scoring for the visitors with 11 points.
Riverside was a winner in the jayvee game, downing Troy Christian, 28-24. Kiersten Severt paced the Pirates with eight points.
Riverside hosts Waynesfield-Goshen in a Northwest Central Conference matchup Thursday, Jan. 14, then stays at home the following Saturday with a non-league game against Bethel Jan. 16.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.