The Riverside Lady Pirates erased a 17-point third quarter deficit, pouring in 23 points in the final frame to surprise host Lima Perry 46-39 in the NWCC opener for both teams Thursday night.
The Commodores' 6'2" post Lexis Davis scored the host's first nine points of the game, leading Perry to a 13-4 lead going in the second quarter, before extending the lead to 23-11 at the half and 35-21 going into the fourth quarter.
But in the final period, the Pirates instituted a full-court press and turned leading scorer Brooke Hickey loose, causing turnover after turnover and limiting the Commodores to a mere four points in the fourth.
Hickey scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the fourth, with nine of those points coming from the charity stripe.
Monica Hurley recorded 8 points and 5 rebounds, Emily Teague dropped in 7 points, and Samantha Egbert added 5 rebounds.
Finding themselves within one-point of the Commodores with about four minutes left in the game following a 3-pointer by point guard Emily Teague, Pirates head coach Corey Britton had Teague hold the ball at mid court for a full two minutes to draw the Commodores out of the 2-3 zone, which had given the much taller hosts a defensive and rebounding edge throughout the game. Britton seemed content to play for the last shot until Perry came out of the zone with about two minutes left. The Pirates were then able to attack the Commodores' defense and took advantage of the double bonus to ice the game, using their press to stifle Perry's size advantage and break away in the final minutes of the game.
Riverside is now 2-2 on the year and 1-0 in the NWCC. Perry falls to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The Lady Pirates JV team posted its first win of the year, erasing a five-point deficit late in the fourth to down the Commodores 26-21.
The West Liberty-Salem 7th grade girls fell to Springfield Catholic 27-20.
Hallie Strapp had 6 points. Peyton Kerns, Maddie Estes, and Breann Koons each scored 4 points.
Koons grabbed 7 rebounds and Addie Johnson delivered 4 assists.
Kirstie Wiley had 10 points for SCC.
The 8th grade Lady Tigers dominated the Irish 31-8.
Aubrie Stillings poured in 10 points.
Gabby Hollar led the team defensively, grabbing 11 steals, while chipping in 4 points and 2 assists.
Kelsie Day tallied 6 points and 7 rebounds.
The 8th grade girls are 4-0.
The West Liberty-Salem 7th grade boys fell to Springfield Catholic 32-17.
Oliver McGuire had 8 points.
The 8th grade Tigers stifled the Irish 36-19.
James Loffing scored 16 points and Neil Markin added 8 points.
The Indian Lake 8th grade boys outscored Indian Valley 48-38.
Collin Coburn led all scorers with 20 points.
Kale Shoffner had 18 points, Kale Weirick tossed in 6 points, and Bill Horne and George Lones each added 2 points.
The Lakers are 2-1. They will host Northwestern Monday.