Riverdale exacts their revenge on Warriorettes

Posted By | February 12, 2009 12:00 am

Putting it on the floor. Ashley Page puts the ball on the floor in Tuesday’s game. Page hit four treys in the game, but Riverdale took the 53-40 victory.




      Three and a half weeks ago, Riverdale and White County squared off at Roy Sewell Gymnasium in District 7AAA action. 

      It was a meeting between two teams who were in the midst of a battle for a District 7AAA title.  Riverdale was 15-4 at that time and the Warriorettes were 18-2.  The Warriorettes handily won that game by more than 30 points, but it may have just served as a wake-up call for Riverdale.  The two teams have taken different paths since then.  Riverdale never forgot what happened to them on that night and they avenged that loss Tuesday in Murfreesboro with a 53-40 win over the Warriorettes.

      Since that first meeting, Riverdale has gone 7-0.  The Warriorettes have lost five out of seven and have fallen from battling for the top spot to battling for the fourth spot and a chance to play their first tournament game at home.  All that rides on Friday’s final game with Blackman.

      In the latest game between Riverdale and Sparta, the Lady Warriors never trailed in the game, but had to hold off several charges by the Warriorettes to secure the win.  Ashley Page was the lone Warriorette in double figures tossing in 12 points, all from outside the arc. 

      The two teams were dead even in most categories.  The Warriorettes shot 43 percent from the field overall; Riverdale – 44 percent.  Riverdale shot 35 percent from three point range (7 of 20); the Warriorettes shot 40 percent (8 of 20).  All five starters for Riverdale hit a three in the contest, along with one reserve.  Riverdale made 11 of their 21 two point attempts.  WCHS made eight of their 17 shots inside the arc. 

      One of the key differences in the contest was free throws.  Riverdale was 10 of 15 for the game from the line.  The Warriorettes did not attempt a free throw.  Riverdale converted seven of seven attempts in the final 1:10 of the contest to seal the win and actually spread their lead from five to the final difference of 13 points.

      The three pointers were flying in the first quarter of the game.  Of the 15 that were hit in the game, the two teams combined for seven in the first quarter. 

      The Warriorettes turned the ball over on their first possession and Riverdale’s freshman, Shacobia Barbee, turned that miscue into a lay-up.  Riverdale would never give up that lead.  The Warriorettes turned the ball over again on their second possession.  Riverdale missed their next shot, but pulled down the offensive rebound, reset their offense and would later knock down a long three pointer taking a 5-0 advantage almost two minutes into the contest.  Ashley Page answered with the first of her four treys in the game.  After another Barbee basket, Page’s second three got WCHS to within a point.  Another Riverdale three was followed by a pair of free throws by Jaclissa Haislip, who led her team with 17 in the contest.  Haislip missed the game in Sparta with a foot injury.  An Aubrey Sims three would pull the Warriorettes back to within three with 1:09 left in the quarter.  Riverdale however finished out the quarter with back-to-back treys including one at the buzzer by Barbee putting RHS on top 18-9 after the first eight minutes of action.

      A Lacy Yslas basket got the scoring started in the second quarter, but Riverdale responded with a 7-0 run upping their advantage to 14 with just under five minutes to go in the half.  The Warriorettes answered with an 8-0 run to close out the half.  Back to back threes by Page and an offensive rebound putback by Whitney Randolph made the score 25-19 at the half. 

      The second half began with the Warriorettes threatening the Riverdale lead.  Yslas scored the half’s first basket and then Riverdale missed a three on their first possession.  Heather Roberts added a three getting WCHS to within a point.  Fifteen seconds later, Haislip knocked down a three that started a 9-0 Lady Warrior run.  A drive and basket by Sims halted that run.  Riverdale led 37-29 at the end of three.

      Haislip opened the scoring in the fourth quarter running the Riverdale lead back to 10.  The Warriorettes took advantage of back-to-back Riverdale turnovers to get within six.  Riverdale knocked down a three to push the lead back to nine.  Baskets by Tasha Delaney and Roberts got the Warriorettes to within five with 3:55 remaining in the contest.  A Riverdale turnover gave WCHS a chance to get closer, but the Warriorettes missed a three with 2:45 to play.  The Warriorettes got another chance when Riverdale turned the ball over again, but couldn’t convert.  Riverdale got the ball back with 2:05 to play and began holding the ball.  The Warriorettes began fouling and had to foul three times to put the Lady Warriors in the bonus.  With 1:09 to play, Riverdale went to the free throw line.  Haislip netted two tosses to stretch the lead to seven.  The Warriorettes missed a three and the ball went out of bounds belonging to Riverdale.  The Lady Warriors put the game away on the next play.  Against the Warriorette press, Haislip slipped long, converted the lay-up and was fouled.  She converted the three-point play opportunity putting the lead at 10.  Two more free throws and a lay-up increased the advantage to 14 with less than 20 seconds to play.  Sims netted another three, but Riverdale finished out the game with two more free throws for the final margin of 13 points. 

      Coach Bryan Haley talked about the contest, “We played well this game, we just got beat.  Riverdale is a good team.  They have a lot of weapons and are hard to handle on their home court.  I thought we played pretty good defense overall.  We got them off balance with our match-up zone.  We ran our offense well and played with a lot more energy than we have the last couple of weeks.  We played well the last couple of minutes and overtime at Oakland and fed off that for this game.  Hopefully, we’ll feed off the way we played tonight against Blackman Friday.”

      Going into Friday’s final regular season game, the Warriorettes and Siegel are tied at 7-6 in the district.  Siegel plays Riverdale Friday and the Warriorettes host Blackman.  A Warriorette win and a Siegel loss would give WCHS fourth place outright and a home game in the first round of the district tournament.  A Siegel win and a Warriorette loss would give the fourth spot to Siegel.  If both teams were to lose, it would go to a tiebreaker and the Warriorettes would garner the fourth spot due to their win over Riverdale. 

      The Warriorettes were defeated at Blackman in the first meeting by a score of 58-52.

                Friday’s game, which is set for a 6:30 p.m. tip off, is also senior night.



WC    9  10  10  11 – 40

RHS – 18  7  12  16 – 53




White Co. (40) – Yslas 4, Roberts 5, Ashley Page 12, Daniels 3, Delaney 4, Sims 8, Randolph 4.  


Riverdale (53) – Azor 4, Jernigan 3, Jaclissa Haislip 17, Henry 5, Shacobia Barbee 15, Lanning 3, Spurlock 6. 


Records:  WC  20-7, 7-6

                   RHS 22-4, 10-3


Three point baskets – WC 8 (Page 4, Sims 2, Roberts, Daniels), RHS 7 (Spurlock 2, Jernigan, Haislip, Henry, Barbee, Lanning).  Rebounds – WC 20 (Yslas 6), RHS 20.   Assists – WC 9 (Delaney 3).  Steals – WC 8 (Yslas 2, Page 2).  Turnovers – WC 17, RHS 18.

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