Riverdale JV Girls Repeat as Champions, Boys Come up Short

By Molly Seales

On Saturday, February 11, Riverdale Academy hosted the annual JV basketball tournament. It was a fun filled day with several great games. The JV boys came up just short in the semifinals, losing to Tensas 36-34. Colin Bates led the Rebels in scoring with 11 points. He also had 6 rebounds, 4 deflections, and 2 assists. Cannon Breedlove had 9 points, 3 deflections, and 3 steals. Tanner Carlisle chipped in 8 points and led the team in rebounds with 11. He also had 4 deflections and a blocked shot. Ashton Almond added 6 points, 4 deflections, and led the team in steals with 5.

In girls’ semifinal action, the Lady Rebels took an easy 36-23 victory over Northeast Baptist. Makayla Pickett led the team in scoring with 10 points, and Hanna Catherine Huddleston added 8 points. Mary Claire Jones had 4 points, and led the team in deflections with 4, steals with 5, and assists with 5. Hannah Murray and Darcey Bohannon had 3 points each. Ally Kate Hillman had 2 points, and Hillman and Lily McCoy led the team in rebounds with 3 each. Charity Williamson, Kynnedi Taylor, and Abbie Jowers each had 2 points. Adyson Barrett added a free throw and led the team in steals with 5.

In the finals, the girls had a tougher game but came out on top of rival Briarfield 42-34 to clinch the championship. 5 freshman, playing in their last JV game, did a great job in leading the Rebels. Makayla Pickett had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. She also had 3 steals and 3 deflections. Mary Claire Jones led the team in scoring with 20 points and had 3 steals and 2 assists. Hanna Catherine Huddleston had 5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Charity Williamson had 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 deflections. Emma Giddings had a team-high 4 deflections, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Congratulations to both the JV Rebels and Lady Rebels on a fantastic season!

Photo credit Celeste Huddleston