By Molly Seales
On Thursday, November 11, the Riverdale Lady Rebel basketball teams travelled to Providence Classical Academy in Bossier City to kick off their 2021-2022 season. Fans filled the entire visitor’s side to cheer on the Lady Rebels. They did not disappoint. In the JV game, the Lady Rebels defeated Providence 32-17. 8th grader Makayla Pickett led the charge, tossing in 11 points and being a huge rebounding factor in the paint. 9th grader Haylee Smith got the butterflies out in the first quarter and then got hot, adding 8 points of her own. 8th grader Mary Claire Jones, who starts on varsity, played one quarter and scored 5 points. 9th grader Jadyn King contributed 4 points and was a strong defensive factor. 9th grader Chloe Jordan and 8th grader Charity Williamson had 2 points each. 8th grade guard Hanna Catherine Huddleston did not score in the game, but she had numerous assists while leading the offense on the floor and playing a huge role in the Lady Rebel defense.
In the second game of the evening, the varsity Lady Rebels defeated Providence 62-24, with all of the players getting playing time. Seniors Kenley Loftin and Rylee Kate Woodard both came out hot and ready to play in the first game of their senior season. They played only 3 quarters each and put up some great numbers. Woodard led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Loftin wasn’t far behind with 14 points of her own. Both of them had 2 3-point baskets. Woodard also had 7 steals, 4 assists, and 2 rebounds, while Loftin had 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 assist. Sophomore Sky McMullan was solid across the board with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 blocked shots. 8th grader Mary Claire Jones led the offense from the point guard spot and had 5 points (including a 3 pointer,) 6 assists, 2 rebounds, and a steal. Georgia Carlisle and Haylee Smith each had 4 points in the game. Renee Prosperie, Jessie Kate Cobb, Emily Kirkland, Kacie Harper, and Gracie Stephens all chipped in 2 points for the Lady Rebels.
The Lady Rebels next stop will be in Haynesville Monday, November 15, where they will take on Claiborne Academy. The JV girls’ game will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by the varsity girls. Congratulations to both teams on their big first game wins. Good luck Lady Rebels!
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