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It is said that at times youth can be a strong advantage. At other times it can be a liability. For the Riverdale Academy basketball teams the “State A” tournament was one of those times.
Riverdale’s Lady Rebels were eliminated in the first round by the Lady Eagles from Marvell 57 to 44. The Rebels suffered defeat at the hands of the T-Birds from Desoto School 48 to 32.
But the score is not the whole story. Expectations were high going into the season. After all both boys and girls had been crowned state champions at the “State A” last spring. Then came graduation, which took a number of seniors on to bigger and better opportunities in life.
The 2018-19 teams were young with only one graduating senior. Youth might have been a liability this year. It certainly is an advantage for next year and into the future.
Congratulations to boys coach Steve Weir and girls coach Morgan Garrett for training the teams and getting the players to contribute all they could this year. Riverdale’s coaches are the type of coach a player loves to play for. They demand excellence and the players seem to want to give it.
And they know how to turn youth into a great advantage.
So we say congratulations to this year’s team for all they have done. But we caution that the best is waiting in the wings.
On Thursday night the Red River Lady Bulldogs began their quest for the state basketball title in 2-A. Before tip-off Coach Missy Antilley said, “It starts all over. Doesn’t matter that we are 28 and 6 overall or a perfect 6 and 0 in district. It starts all over!”
The Lady Eagles came to the Dog Pound from Rosepine High School. They only have 8 players on their roster and were ranked 27th in the state.
Red River took command of the game as they have so many times this season. The Lady Bulldogs were up 10 points at the end of the first quarter and the gap widened considerably from there.
Final score was Red River 88 and Rosepine 40. The Bulldogs move on. Next contest is Monday night February 18th. Red River will host East Beauregard. They defeated D’Arbonne Woods Charter Thursday night to advance to round two.
Journal Sports will take the air at 5:50 Monday night for round two of the Red River Girls playoff trip in search of a state championship.
Earlier in the week, both of the Riverdale Academy basketball teams were victorious in the first contests of the “South A” Tournament. Tuesday evening the Lady Rebels easily defeated Rebul Academy from Learned, Mississippi 41 to 15. The girls team will play Tensas Academy today at 4:00 pm.
Also on Tuesday the Riverdale boys team defeated Discovery Christian School 42 to 24. They advance to play Union Christian This evening at 6:30. UC gave the Rebels a hard time in the South A last year.
Playoff games for both Red River and Riverdale will be carried live on The Journal. Look for the links to the broadcasts to be posted shortly before game time on our website and social media pages.
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