Created on Friday, 30 November 2012 Written by AARON LaBATT
The problems mounted at an alarming rate for Riverside’s girls basketball team.
West Liberty-Salem’s Melany Ward puts up a shot as Riverside’s Aubrey Stephens defends during the first half of their game Thursday at Riverside High School. Ward led the Tigers to a 56-22 win with a team-high 15 points. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)
After the Pirates lost two of their shooting guards to injuries earlier this week, West Liberty-Salem caused havoc on defense and forced Riverside into a hole too deep to climb out of Thursday night.
That allowed the visiting Tigers to roll to a 56-22 victory and their first win of the season.
“We still have a lot of improving to do, but we did a better job tonight,” said WL-Salem head coach Dennis McIntosh. “I thought we did a better job rebounding. Defensively, we caused them some problems in the first quarter.
“That was our first win and it’s always nice to get that monkey off your back. After our game against Graham on Tuesday, I thought we came out with better intensity.”
The points piled up quickly for WL-Salem (1-2), who rattled off a 12-0 spurt to start the game.
The Tigers’ defense was unrelenting early on. Riverside (0-2) did not score its first point until the 1:37 mark of the opening quarter and finished the game shooting 22 percent from the field.
“You can’t dig yourself in a hole like that,” said RHS head coach Jeremy Allen. “We lost two of our guards in the past two days. We needed someone to step up for us and we just could not shoot tonight.”
The Tigers held a 16-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Pirates played better in the second quarter, but were still outscored 17-13 and trailed 33-14 at halftime.
“Once we got that early lead we took the press off,” said McIntosh. “We were still able to keep them out of their offense and limit them to one shot.”
“We need to do a better job of getting the ball to the basket and turnovers got us, too,” said Allen. “We have to get back at it and correct those mistakes and get better.”
WL-Salem continued to frustrate Riverside for the remainder of the game. The Tigers went on an 11-4 run in the third quarter to build a 44-18 lead. They continued to add to their lead in the final period.
Melany Ward led WL-Salem with 15 points, with Maria Daulton and Taylor Day each adding eight points.
For Riverside, Morgan Robison had five points, Monica Hurley had four points and Chelsea Giles added four points and 14 rebounds.
The Tigers won the junior varsity game 49-16. Ashley Holleron led WL-Salem with 11 points, while Ashley Cox-Wray had five for Riverside.
Both squads are back in action Saturday, with WL-Salem hosting Greeneview and Riverside traveling to Botkins.
WL-SALEM 56, RIVERSIDE 22
Daulton 4 0-0 8; Ward 5 5-11 15; Cox 2 0-2 4; Frederick 2 1-2 5; Day 3 2-4 8; Etgen 1 1-2 3; Godwin 1 0-0 2; Eggleston 3 0-0 6; Walters 2 1-2 5. Totals: 23 10-23 56.
Robison 2 1-2 5; Stevens 0 0-2 0; Stephens 1 0-0 2; Egbert 1 0-2 2; Hurley 2 0-0 4; Castle 0 0-1 0; Proffitt 0 1-2 1; Harshbarger 0 1-2 1; Giles 1 2-5 4; McGowen 1 1-2 3. Totals: 8 6-18 22.
Tigers 16 17 11 12 — 56
Pirates 1 13 4 4 — 22
Rebounds: Riverside 40 (Giles 14). Assists: Riverside 2. Steals: Riverside 3. Turnovers: Riverside 26. Team fouls: WL-Salem 14; Riverside 17.