After grabbing an early eight-point lead in the first quarter, Riverside’s girls basketball team watched as Waynesfield-Goshen shot its way back into the game, getting to within two points by the first buzzer, then going on a 27-12 run over the next periods, eventually posting a 46-34 win over the Lady Pirates in Northwest Central Conference play in DeGraff on Jan. 14.
The Tigers (2-11 overall, 2-2 in the NWCC) drained a trio of three pointers in the second period alone to jump out to a 25-16 lead at the half, a lead the visitors would never relinquish, jumping out by 13 points by the end of the third period.
The game featured an oddity where Waynesfield-Goshen was allowed a one-and-one opportunity from the line following Riverside’s fourth second-half foul, the one-and-one bonus generally not being allowed until a team commits seven fouls in any given half.
But in the end, the refs’ collective inability to count to seven had zero impact on the outcome of the game as Riverside simply was unable to catch up as the visitors netted six treys in the game and crashed the boards, limiting the Pirates to just 18 rebounds. Paige Crawford paced the Tigers by hitting four three-pointers for all 12 of her points.
There was a silver lining in the loss, however, as the Pirates turned the ball over only 11 times – they coughed it up 27 times in a recent loss to Troy Christian – and dished out nine assists on their 13 total baskets.
Courtnie Smith provided most of the spark for Riverside, connecting on four field goals and closing with 11 points and four steals. Shelby Giles hit the Pirates’ lone three-pointer and had eight points, and Kalin Kreglow had a total of 24 points on the night, scoring five in the final quarter of the varsity game after hanging 19 points on the Tigers in the jayvee game, a 50-9 win by the hosts.
Riverside was back in action at Tipp City Bethel Saturday, Jan. 17, in a non-league game. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.