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Girls basketball: Wood has triple-double in Riverside win

QUINCY, W.Va. - In a battle between Mountain State Athletic Conference bottom-dwellers, Riverside got hot down the stretch to take a 50-46 decision over visiting Ripley on Tuesday night.

"I'm not sure what it was," Warriors Coach Scott Garretson said. "We went back to man-to-man (defense) and that seemed to help."

In the first quarter it looked like Riverside (5-13) was going to have an easy time with Ripley (0-16).

The Warriors jumped out to a 13-4 lead mainly on the strength of the offensive board work of sophomore Brittany Wood and junior LaMontica Burger.

"LaMontica Burger played the best game of her career," Garretson said. "That's what we need when people are taking Brittany out of the game."

The 5-foot-10 Burger finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. Burger and Wood combined for eight first-quarter rebounds with four resulting in offensive putbacks.

The Vikings went to full-court pressure in the second quarter and took advantage of the Warriors' lack of experience and depth at the guard spot. Riverside lost starter Rachael Mills in the last game to a torn ACL and MCL in her right knee.

"That was the first start for Julie Bishop," Garretson said. "She's just a freshman."

After committing just two turnovers in the first quarter, the Warriors were forced into 10 in the second period.

"Turnovers have haunted us," Garretson said.

Ripley outscored Riverside 18-7 in the quarter to take a 22-20 halftime lead.

Though the turnovers kept coming for the Warriors, who committed nine in 15 third-quarter possessions, they got hot from the field and the Vikings grew cold.

There was one tie and four lead changes in the third quarter.

After a shaky first half, Bishop hit a pair of big 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws in the second half including the game clincher with 6.2 seconds remaining.

All told Riverside sank 11-of-14 field goal attempts in the second half compared to Ripley's 9-of-24 effort. The Vikings eased out to a 41-35 lead early in the fourth

The Warriors took their first lead of the period at 45-44 with 41 seconds showing on a putback by Wood.

Ripley responded with two free throws from Sarah Williams 13 seconds later for a 46-45 advantage but would not score again. A pair of buckets by Burger - one on a putback of her owned missed free throw - and the free throw by Bishop closed out the scoring.

The Vikings managed to keep the 6-foot Wood in check most of the game.

"They were doing a lot of different things, really mixing it up," Garretson said. "That was the main thing."

One thing common to every defense that Ripley threw against Riverside was that it was aimed at keeping the ball out of Wood's hands.

When she did get her hands on it good things happened for the Warriors.

Wood hit 5-of-9 shots from the floor and 6-of-8 from the foul line. She ended up with a triple-double of 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks before fouling out with 21.9 seconds remaining.

Jillian Mullin paced Ripley with 16 points.


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