LEBANON – Riverdale dropped both ends of a non-district basketball doubleheader Tuesday at Lebanon's Campbell Brandon Gymnasium, losing a close one in the opener and suffering a blowout in the nightcap.
Lebanon's Devilettes (2-1) vaulted to a 19-12 lead and overcame some spotty free throw shooting at the end of the second quarter to post a 45-39 victory over the Lady Warriors.
Down 24-16 with 4:49 remaining in the second period, Riverdale went on a 12-0 run that extended into the early stages of the third to take a 28-24 lead with four minutes left in the quarter.
Lebanon responded with eight consecutive points from junior guard Addie Porter, including back-to-back old fashioned 3-point plays, to give her team the lead for good at 32-28.
“Porter really stepped up and got us going when we needed her,” said LHS coach Cory Barrett. “You had two great programs going at it tonight. They've won a lot of gold balls since 2007 and they've got a player (Alasia Hayes) who's headed to Notre Dame.
“I thought our kids battled their tails off, especially in the second half.”
Ella Haney's bucket with 3:55 remaining in the game cut the LHS margin to 39-37, but the Lady Warriors would get no closer.
Lebanon's pressure defense forced Riverdale (1-2) into 18 turnovers. RHS finished just 3-of-8 at the line.
“When you have 'Riverdale' on your chest, you're going to get everyone's best effort,” said Riverdale coach Amy Josephson. “We missed some big free throws and we fumbled some passes out of bounds. At the end of the day, we executed and ran our stuff, but the ball just didn't go in.”
Hayes led Riverdale with 17 points while post Katelyn Worley added six and Haney finished with five points.
Porter paced Lebanon with 17, Allissa Mulaski had 11 and Anne Marie Heidebreicht came the bench to drill three first quarter 3-pointers and finished with nine.
Lebanon 74, Riverdale 45
Riverdale committed 12 first-quarter turnovers as host Lebanon went on a 26-0 run in Tuesday's 74-45 loss to the Blue Devils.
LHS led 34-8 at the end of the first period and 49-20 at intermission – improving to 3-0 on the season.
Riverdale (1-3) was led by 16 points from Javon Nelson and 11 from Santonio McDaniel. Preston Whittington chipped in with six while Caleb Herring and CJ Johnson had four each.
Lebanon placed five in double figures, including Gaven Reasonover with 14, David Greene 13, Malcolm Logue 13, Jamar Kynard and Jeremiah Hastings 10 each.