Riverside basketball traveled to Jackson Friday night to take on district opponent North Side. The Lady Panthers completed the season sweep over the Lady Indians 66-53. The boys hung in there and held a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Indians exploded for 28 points in the last quarter to win 61-49.
In the first quarter of the girls game Mattie Pulley got going and scored off layups and drives for 12 points after nailing a 3-pointer. Kyndel McKenzie added another six points as the post player knocked down mid-range jumpers all night an also scored from underneath.
The Lady Panthers led 18-8 going into the second and McKenzie added six more points as she led the way to a 30-20 lead at the half. The Lady Panthers got hot in the third as Emily Wade scored 11 points including a three. Pulley and Ally Funderburk scored four and baskets were made by McKenzie, Josie Boroughs and Corrine Juarez to take a commanding 55-26 lead to the fourth.
The Lady Indians caught fire in the fourth, but it was a little too late as the 27 points were enough. The Lady Panthers won 66-53. Scorers: Mattie Pulley (24), Kyndel McKenzie (16), Emily Wade (13), Dabbs (5), Funderburk (4), Boroughs (2) and Juarez (2)
McKenzie said, “We did a lot better tonight limiting our mistakes and rebounding. They didn’t get a lot of second chances. Mattie got going early and hit some layups and also threw me a lot passes that I was able to convert into points. It was a good district win.”
In the boys game Chayse Linton made four free throws and Carson Hehe made two baskets to go along with a shot by Jayse Linton inside to trail 16-10. The Panthers did not fare much better in the second as they trailed 27-16 at the half.
In the third Riverside played some of their best ball of the season as things started to click. C. Linton hit three 3-pointers and made four out of four free throws for 13 points in the quarter. J. Linton added four from the paint and Sam Finley scored a basket to give Riverside a 35-33 lead going into the fourth.
But the wheels fell off in the fourth as the Panthers are still searching for the right combinations in crunch time. The Indians did not help matters as they scored 28 points and cruised to a 61-49 win. Scorers: Chayse Linton (19), Jayse Linton (11), Hehe (9), Adams (5), Finley (3) and Hays (2)