By Molly Seales
On Tuesday, January 10, Riverdale began district play by hosting UCA. In the first game of the evening, the JV Rebels beat UCA 31-16. Tanner Carlisle led the Rebels in scoring with 18 points, rebounding with 8 boards, and blocked shots with 2. Ashton Almond added 8 points and led the team in deflections with 5. Colin Bates pulled down 7 rebounds, and Zane Givens and Kaden McNeely each had a 3-pointer. Hayden Cason and Cannon Breedlove had 2 points each. The varsity girls came out to a 22-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, winning 53-11. Jessie Kate Cobb and Makayla Pickett had 12 points each, with Cobb pulling down 6 rebounds and Pickett pulling down 7. Mary Claire Jones had 7 points, and Madison Chamberlin had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Jadyn King added 6 points, while Charity Williamson added 4. Georgia Carlisle had 3 points, and Hanna Catherine Huddleston had 2 points. Cobb, King, and Chamberlin each had 4 assists to lead the Lady Rebels. The varsity boys faced a tough UCA team and came up short, 64-51. Thad Bates scored 11 points and had a team high 9 rebounds. Mason Murray added 10 points and 5 rebounds, and Ben Almond had 9 points. Jace Wilhite added 8 points and led the team in assists with 4. Ryder Huddleston had 7 points and pulled down 8 boards, and Kyle Guillory added 6 points. Almond and Bates led the team in deflections with 8 each.
On Thursday, January 12, the varsity teams traveled to LSMSA and both teams came away with easy wins. The girls defeated LSMSA by a score of 46-10. Jadyn King had the hot hands for the Lady Rebels, leading in scoring with 12 points. Makayla Pickett added 11 points and 9 rebounds. Jessie Kate Cobb had 8 points and led the team in rebounds with 12 boards and in deflections with 5. Mary Claire Jones had 5 points and dished out a team-high 5 assists. Jones also led the team in steals with 4 and in blocked shots with 3. Hanna Catherine Huddleston had 4 points and 5 rebounds. Madison Chamberlin had 2 points, 6 boards, and led the team in blocked shots with 3. Emma Giddings and Georgia Carlisle rounded out the scoring with 2 points each. The varsity boys had an easy 53-34 win. Thad Bates was on fire, leading the team in scoring with 26 points, in rebounds with 13, and in deflections with 5. Kyle Guillory added 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, and Ryder Huddleston added 6 points and pulled down 11 boards. Ashton Almond had 4 points, and Jace Wilhite also had 4 points and led the team in assists with 6. James Wagoner added 3 points.
The Rebels were set to take on Providence Classical Academy on Saturday, January 14 and Westside Christian School on Monday, January 16, at home both days. They will travel to Northeast Baptist School on January 17 and Tensas Academy on January 20th. Good luck Rebels and Lady Rebels!
Photo credit Leslie Johnson
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