The Lady Rebels pocketed another district win as they defeated the Detroit Lady Eagles 48-33. Rivercrest jumped out in front right from the start, but the Lady Eagles went on a 10-0 scoring run.
Lady Eagle Abi Shelby kept her team in the hunt, fighting for rebounds and garnering 6 points in the in the second quarter to tie it up 19-19 at the half. Lady Rebel senior Marta Ward came out on fire and hit 7 points in a row to put her Lady Rebs back in the lead to end the third quarter with 34-29. Detroit battled hard, but Rivercrest would not relinquish its lead. The Lady Eagles hit 9 out of 20 free throws, while the Lady Rebels hit 6 out of 9 at the line.
Ward led all scorers with 15 points and 5 steals. Senior Jaden Bishop added 8 points, Farrah Savage had 8 points, Hannah Binion 6 points, Madi Lichtenwalter 4, Maxie Alford 3, Mackenzie Walton 2 and Loren Easley 2.
“Adversity is a part of life and usually a part of most games. Tonight, we overcame our adversity in the second quarter and came out with a better focus and trust in our game plan after the half. That’s something I’m very proud of as a coach,” head coach Justin Milton said.
For the Lady Eagles, Daysha Stature and Abi Shelby each had 6 points, followed by Jordan Williams, Shacoya Dennis, Kora Henderson and Kiley Miller, who added 4 points each. Callie Jaynes added 3 and Lakatlon Rosser contributed 2 points.
In earlier action, the JV Lady Rebels were victorious over the JV Lady Eagles 25-21.
Detroit boys upset Rivercrest
On paper, when you compare same teams played and scores, the Rivercrest Rebels should have marked a win over the Detroit Eagles; however, no one told the Eagles that as they handed Rivercrest its third district loss and moved to a perfect 3-0 record.
Sophomore Rebel Zachariah Lane drew first blood as the game started against the Red River County rivals, but Detroit answered back quickly when Senior Mark Huff buried a 3-pointer and began one of his best performances of the year.
Rivercrest was trying some new things after their heartbreaking loss at Linden-Kildare and hoped they could get their “mojo” back. Detroit was ready for battle as six Eagles scored in the first quarter to lead the Rebels 22-12.
The second quarter saw Rivercrest fire back and outscore Detroit by 9 points with a big surge from sophomore Bradyn English, who scored 14 of his 16 points in the period. Halftime came with a one-point ballgame 40-39.
With all players in foul trouble, both teams had to play carefully. One fan called it the “Great Foul-a-rama of 2019” as 51 total fouls were whistled. Both teams struggled at the free throw line, too. Detroit hit 22 out of 38 at the charity stripe, and Rivercrest hit 13 out of 23. Detroit won the third quarter and the fourth quarter was an all-out war as the Eagles came out the victors 84-69.
Huff led his Eagles with 32 points, followed by Miles Davis who added 12 points, Joel Hinson with 10, D.J. Jones 9, Kody Golightly 8, C. Hinson 6, Hunter Crutchfield 5 and Tanner Gibson chipped in 2. Lane led his Rebels with 18 points followed by Devon Womack with 17, English tossed in 16, Shane Crabtree 9, Will Grider 5 and Dakota Patterson added 4.
The JV Rebel boys soundly defeated the JV Eagles 42-16.
Rivercrest will travel to McLeod on Tuesday and Detroit will host Clarksville as district play continues.