Riverdale Rebels Split Wins with Providence Classical Academy

By Molly Seales

On Saturday, January 14, Providence Classical Academy traveled to East Point for a fun afternoon of four games. In the first game of the afternoon, the JV Lady Rebels defeated Providence by a narrow 23-20 margin. Mary Claire Jones led the team in scoring with 11 points, in assists with 3, and in deflections with 6. Makayla Pickett added 6 points and led the team in rebounds with 7 and in steals with 5. Charity Williamson had 3 points, Ally Kate Hillman had 2 points, and Kaleigh Pickett added a free throw. The JV boys, unable to defend PCA’s 6’9” freshman, played hard but came up short 54-30. Tanner Carlisle posted a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Hayden Cason added 6 points and had 4 rebounds. Zane Givens had 3 points, and Colin Bates and Cannon Breedlove added 2 points each. Kaden McNeely scored a free throw.

The varsity girls’ game was one for the books! After trailing 26-15 at the half, the Lady Rebels came out of the locker room more ready to play and determined to make a comeback, and that they did! With 2 seconds left on the clock, freshman Makayla Pickett grabbed a rebound and put it in off the glass to give the Lady Rebels the 40-38 win. Mary Claire Jones led the team in scoring with 13 points and in assists with 4. Jadyn King added 7 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Jessie Kate Cobb had 6 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, and led the team with 5 deflections. Madison Chamberlin had 5 points and led the team in rebounds with 10 and steals with 3. Pickett had 4 points and 6 rebounds, and Hanna Catherine Huddleston added 4 points. The Lady Rebels defense was outstanding in the second half. King, Pickett, Chamberlin, and Cobb each had 4 deflections, and Huddleston had 3.

The varsity boys’ came up short to a very tough PCA team, but greatly narrowed their margin of defeat from their first meeting, coming up short 62-44. Ben Almond had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ryder Huddleston added 8 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, and led the team in steals with 3. Jace Wilhite also had 8 points and led the team in deflections with 3. Thad Bates had 6 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Kyle Guillory added 4 points, and Mason Murray added 3.

The Rebels and Lady Rebels enter the last month of regular season with high hopes of making it far in the playoffs. Good luck!

Photo credit Leslie Johnson

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