There are two gleaming new trophies for Riverdale Academy’s trophy case. On Saturday the Rebels and Lady Rebels won their Class A championships. The Class A tournament was played at Delta Academy in Marks, Mississippi.
The afternoon game featured the Lady Rebels vs. Claiborne Academy. Riverdale started hot but Claiborne pulled within one at the end of the first period. At the half Claiborne had a one-point lead. Riverdale was up by one at the end of the third. And that is the way this tough fought match went, back and forth all game.
The Lady Rebels were down in the final minute. They trailed by two when Gracie Almond was fouled with 3.2 seconds remaining. She made the first. Then Almond stepped to the line and nailed the second for a tie game as time ran out.
In overtime a recharged Lady Rebel team took the court and took charge. It seemed as if Claiborne could not keep up. And the Lady Rebels won the championship 46 to 42.
The boy’s final was played at 7:15 Saturday night. The Riverdale Rebels faced the Union Christian Academy Lions from Farmerville. Payton Thornton put the first points on the board on a three point shot from the deep right attacking corner. The Rebels never looked back.
Riverdale lead at the end of the first quarter 14-10. At the half the score was 20-16. The Rebels lead stretched to 6 at the end of the third 30-24. At the end of the game, Riverdale won the state championship on a score of 44 to 41.
Both teams had three players selected to the All Tournament Team. For the Lady Rebels the selections were Madelynne Greer, Madison Alexander and Gracie Almond. Rebels selected to the All Tournament Team were Kamden Messick, Jackson Riggs and Ty Jones.