The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


January 23, 2013

Riverside girls down Meadow Bridge; Oak Hill, Trail among boys winners

QUINCY — The Riverside High girls stepped away from MSAC basketball play for a day and wound up with their fourth victory of the season.

The Warriors used a key 10-0 run to overcome an early lead by Class A Meadow Bridge Monday en route to a 62-44 defeat of the Wildcats.

“This was a night of getting out of the MSAC,” said Riverside coach Scott Garretson. “Our conference is a grind.

“It’s good to see different teams.”

“Our effort was down in the first half,” he admitted. But the Warriors improved as the game progressed, and they played better defensively. “We did a box-and-one on 40 (Meadow Bridge’s Sarah Fleshman, whose scoring hurt Riverside in the first half),” he said. “We made it our goal to make somebody else beat us.”

He praised Sheree Harris for her defensive efforts on Fleshman in the second half.

A 2-pointer from Rachael Mills pulled the Warriors to within 13-10 with 22 seconds left in the opening quarter. Brittany Wood scored two straight buckets in the lane to allow the Warriors to take a 14-13 lead with 6:05 to go, then Harris netted a jumper and Kara Knapp scored in transition, the latter goal pushing the Warrior advantage to 18-13 and forcing a Meadow Bridge timeout at the 4:48 mark.

The Wildcats later crept to within one, 19-18, on a Fleshman deuce, but Riverside led 25-21 at halftime.

The Warriors’ lead ballooned to 36-22 at the 6:12 mark of the third when Mills converted a steal into two points on the other end. Meadow Bridge got to within six, 36-30, on a Chandra Harrah 3-pointer off an Allison Gilkerson feed, but Riverside quickly pushed the lead back out to double-digits and maintained control the rest of the way.

Knapp led Riverside with 15 points. Mills added 14 before leaving the game with an injury, and Wood scored 13 points, blocked 15 shots and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“That was Kara Knapp’s best game by far,” said Garretson. “Tonight she was aggressive to the basket.”

Wood, after missing the George Washington game due to illness, posted her fourth triple-double of the season.

Fleshman led the Wildcats with 13 points and Harrah added 12.

Meadow Bridge (8-5)

Chandra Harrah 2 6-6 12, Allison Gilkerson 3 1-2 7, Sarah Fleshman 6 1-4 13, Caitlin White 0 3-4 3, Ally Redden 3 1-3 7, Sam Adkins 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 12-19 44.

Riverside (4-12)

Sheree Harris 3 1-2 8, Rachel Daw 0 1-2 1, Rachael Mills 6 1-2 14, Kara Knapp 5 2-2 15, Julie Bishop 2 0-0 4, Brittany Wood 5 3-4 13, LaMontica Burger 2 2-3 6, MacKenzie Smith 0 1-2 1. Totals: 23 10-17 62.

MB   13    8    11    12    —    44

R    10    15    19    18    —    62

3-point goals — MB: 2 (Harrah 2); R: 3 (Harris, Mills, Knapp). Fouled out — MB (White), R (Burger).

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