By Molly Seales
On Tuesday, January 19, the Riverdale Academy Rebels made the long trip to Tensas Academy to take on the Chiefs. Even with the long drive, the Rebels showed up to play ball and won all 4 of their games. JV girls action resulted in a JV Lady Rebel victory with a score of 38-6. 8th grader Jadyn King led all scorers with 13 points. She also had 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Hanna Catherine Huddleston put up 8 points while also pulling down 4 rebounds and having 1 assist and 1 steal. Makayla Pickett scored 6 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, and had 1 assist. Madison Chamberlin scored 4 points, had 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 blocked shot. Emily Cason had 2 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal. Kacie Harper had 2 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Charity Williamson scored 2 points and had 2 rebounds. Gracie Stephens rounded out the scoring with 1 point and also had 2 rebounds. Although they didn’t score any points, several other Lady Rebels were big contributors to the victory. Georgia Carlisle had 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals, while Julia Grace Riggs pulled down 3 rebounds and had 1 steal. Mary Claire Jones was the leading rebounder with 7 boards. She also had 4 assists and 4 steals.
The JV Boys had an easy time, defeating the Chiefs 48-11. Ryder Huddleston led all scorers with 18 points. He also had 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Kyle Guillory scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds, and had 2 steals. Hayden Hillman scored 8 points and was high rebounder with a career high of 18 boards. Hillman also had an assist and 2 steals. Will Jones had 4 points and 3 steals, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds. Aston Hester scored 3 points, had 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Colton Caskey rounded out the scoring with 2 points. He also had 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Shea Nettles pulled down 3 rebounds.
The varsity girls had no trouble with the Lady Chiefs, winning by a score of 52-10. Ronda Black was the leading scorer with 14 points. She also had 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Kenley Loftin was close behind with 13 points, 5 rebound, and 1 steal. With a halftime score of 44-6, neither Black nor Loftin saw action after halftime, as Coach Hester chose to rest them for upcoming district play. Jessie Kate Cobb also scored in double figures with 10 points. She was also high rebounder with 9 boards and 1 assist. Pacey Lindsey scored 6 points and had 4 steals, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Rylee Kate Woodard scored 5 points, had 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Jadyn King and Emily Cason each scored 2 points.
The varsity boys had a tighter game. They were playing without senior Parker Almond, who was out due to illness. The boys fought hard and came out on top of the Chiefs by a score of 51-46. Denver Williams stepped up and had an outstanding game, scoring 18 points. He also had 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 assist. Ty Jones had 13 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds. Paul Messenger added 11 points and was high rebounder with 6 boards. Paul also had 3 steals and 1 assist. Caden Long had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
The Rebels will be back in action this week with 2 away games-Tuesday at Tallulah Academy and Thursday at Prairie View Academy. Both the JV Boys and the JV Girls will be playing in the district tournament this Saturday in Tallulah. We wish both teams good luck on Saturday.