Rivercrest Rebels hold off Maud
The Rivercrest Rebels overcame quite a bit of adversity to keep their playoff hopes alive in Maud Tuesday night. A hostile environment brought on by some unpopular calls and heated fans on both sides of the gym during the girls game, extremely rough play in the paint, and many of the Rebels struggling to put the ball in the hoop all added up to a tied ballgame 52-52 with 45 seconds left on the clock – Rebels’ ball.
Rivercrest held for the last shot and called the time out with 13 seconds left to draw up the play. Sophomore Bradyn English, who had the hot hand all night, heard his name called for the finale. His pull up jumper went in and out, but luckily sophomore Zachariah Lane was waiting in the wings for the rebound toss to Shane Crabtree, who swished a buzzer beater for the 54-52 victory.
The Rebels were cold from the start and could not get their shots to fall and, to add fuel to the fire, Cardinal guard K. Minter could not miss from “3-point land” and nailed 7 of them to keep Maud close — sparking their hope for a win.
Rivercrest saw light as English got hot in the second quarter scoring 11 of his 30 points. Lane helped out defensively with 14 rebounds and 5 deflections. Crabtree also had a great defensive night nabbing 8 rebounds. Devon Womack, who was covered up all night by Maud’s big defensive lineman turned basketball player Deshawn Alexander, battled for 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
English led all scorers with his season-high 30 points, Lane tossed in 9 points, Womack added 7, Crabtree scored 5, John Grider hit 2 and Dakota Patterson swished a free throw.
In earlier action, the Rivercrest JV continued their winning streak with a big win over the JV Cardinals.
Lady Rebels defeat Lady Cards
Meanwhile, the Rivercrest Lady Rebels basketball team continued its hot streak, defeating Maud by a final score of 61-30.
The Lady Rebels eclipsed the .500 mark to end the regular season, earning a mark of 16-15, 10-2 to secure second place in the district.
Farrah Savage led Rivercrest to the win with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 assists, while Marta Ward continued her solid season with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 6 steals and 1 assist.
Ashlin Johnson added 10 points and 1 rebound, while Hannah Binion finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 1 steal.
Loren Easley totaled 5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals, while Maxie Alford canned 3 points to go with 4 rebounds and 3 steals. McKenzie Walton also chipped in with 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist.
The Lady Rebels will begin their playoff run at 7 p.m. Monday against Harleton at Mount Pleasant High School in bi-district action.
Paris Home School girls earn consolation trophy
The Paris Homeschool Lady Warriors participated in the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championship (NCHBC) Red River Valley Conference tournament in Fort Worth Feb. 1 to Feb. 2.
After coming up short 48-45 in their first game against Tyler Heat, the Lady Warriors registered victories against the Parker-Tarrant Warriors and the Dallas DASCHE Spartans to come away with the tournament’s Consolation trophy.
Members of the Lady Warriors team are Chandler Jones, Claire VanDerWilt, Madeline Edwards, Kalyn Moore, Brittany McKim, Lauren Moore and Hope Mackey. Coaches are Tony VanDerWilt and Kyle Jones.
PJC tripped up at No. 20 TVCC
Coming off a thrilling win at home over Kilgore, the Paris Junior College Dragons basketball team faced a tougher test on the road. The Dragons, seeking their third win in conference play, faced the No. 20-ranked Trinity Valley Cardinals on Wednesday night. Ultimately, the Cards proved too much as the Dragons ultimately fell by a final score of 75-56.
“Trinity Valley is number 20 in the country for a reason,” PJC head basketball coach Bobby Taylor said. “They have really good talent and are very well coached. I told the guys that just as in life sometimes things don’t go the way you planned or hoped, and we just have to keep working. We will do just that and get ready for Bossier on Saturday.”
Jalon Pipkins led PJC with a team-high 20 points, while Markell Jackson and Quantes Jackson each added 10 points. Tarik McKelphin and Reggie Daniels each chipped in with 7 points, while Julio Jiminez scored 2 points.
The Dragons will play again at 2 p.m. Saturday at home against Bossier-Parish.
Information compiled by Kristi Purviance and Geoff Heppes