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Free throws carry Perry past Riverside

Despite matching Lima Perry shot-for-shot from the floor Thursday, Riverside couldn't overcome giving up 30 more free throws to the Commodores, dropping a 50-43 decision to the visitors in NWCC girls’ basketball action.

The Pirates grabbed a 10-1 first quarter lead thanks to two three-pointers from senior Mara Ledley, but the hosts also committed 10 fouls by the start of the second quarter, putting the visitors in the double bonus, a gift the Commodores took full advantage of, outscoring Riverside 18-9 in the second to tie the game at 19 going into the locker room.

The foul troubles for the Pirates continued as they eventually put the Commodores on the line for a whopping 46 free throws - hitting 9-of-16 in the fourth quarter alone.  By contrast, Riverside only took 16 foul shots for the entire game.

Riverside took a 37-32 lead in the fourth, following an intentional foul by the Commodores on a lay-up attempt  by Ledley, which briefly knocked her out of the game. Senior Morgan Robison hit both free throws, and sophomore Brooke Hickey followed with a three-pointer to give the hosts a five-point lead.

The Pirates held a two-point edge with just over two minutes left in the game, but after that it was all whistles and Commodores as they scored the game's final nine points, mostly on free throws.

Perry's Lexie Davis provided most of the firepower for the visitors, going 8-for-14 from the line for the night and finishing with 16 to lead all scorers.

Ledley paced the Pirate attack, hitting four three-pointers on the night and finishing with 13 points. Hickey finished with 11.

With the loss, Riverside falls to 4-16 overall and 2-4 in the NWCC.

In the JV game, Emily Teague netted 11 and Abby Proffitt chipped in with eight as the Pirates downed the Commodores 31-26.

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