Finding themselves down by only three points, 9-6, at the end of the first quarter, the Riverside Pirates managed to score only five points over the next two periods as they watched the Houston Wildcats race past them, 46-17, in non-league girls basketball action on December 3.
As the first quarter score would indicate, neither team sprinted out the gate, Riverside (2-2 overall) being able to hang with the hosts until the Wildcats slapped a press on the visitors at the start of second, which triggered a 17-4 run which gave the Wildcats a 16-point advantage at the break. The Wildcat press and the Pirate scoring woes continued well into the second half as Riverside was able to score but one point – a free-throw by Marissa Davis – in the third period as the Wildcats extended their lead to 34-11 going into the final frame. Houston forced Riverside to cough up 22 turnovers in the game, many of which ended up as two-pointers in the Wildcat basket.
Only four Pirates scored points in the game, led by Davis’s seven points and seven rebounds. Shelby Giles and Courtney Smith each has four points for head coach Danielle King.