After posting a convincing 41-25 win at Northwest Central Conference-rival Ridgemont Jan. 21, Riverside suffered a heartbreaking 38-36 overtime loss to visiting Fairlawn Jan. 23.
Sophomore Marissa Davis continues to make noise in the NWCC as she recorded yet another double-double for head coach Danielle King in the win at Ridgemont, as she dropped 13 points on the Golden Gophers while pulling in 16 of the Pirates’ 42 rebounds on the night. Aubrey Stephens also reached double digits off the boards as she collected 11 caroms and Shelby Giles scored 13 points in the win.
Ridgemont was able to keep Riverside at bay for the first two quarters as they grabbed a slim 12-11 lead at the half, but it was all Riverside after that as the Lady Pirates, now 2-2 in Northwest Central Conference play, scored more points the third quarter (12) than they did in the entire first half, and followed that by exploding for 18 points more in the fourth, with Giles and Davis combining to hit seven field goals in the period.
As a team, Riverside had 12 assists on their 18 baskets, with Giles and Stephens dishing out four dimes apiece.
In the non-league loss to Fairlawn Jan. 23, after a back-and-fourth affair for the first three quarters, the game turned into the Audrey Francis Show as she scored all 10 of the Jets’ total points over the final two periods, six in the fourth and four more in overtime. In the game, Francis attempted 17 free throws and connected on 15 of them for a wonderful 88 percent, while Riverside – as a team – made only 11 attempts from the stripe, hitting six, and was sent to the line for a mere three free-throw attempts in the fourth period and did make it to the line at all in overtime.
Giles led the Pirate attack against the Jets, hitting both of the hosts’ three-pointers and closing with 13 points. Davis closed with 10 points, seven boards, and three assists. Courtnie Smith had five points, five boards, and four assists and has a team the Lady Pirates shoveled out 11 dimes on their 12 total baskets.
Riverside won the jayvee game against Fairlawn, 35-6, with Kalin Kreglow pouring in 16 points in the win. There was no jayvee game at Ridgemont.
The Lady Pirates are now 5-11 on the season, but four of their last five games are at home, starting with hosting non-league opponent Cedarville, Monday, Jan 25. Riverside will then host NWCC-rival Hardin Northern Thursday, Jan. 28.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.