LEBANON – Riverdale’s defense clamped down Monday night and allowed it to run away with a non-district win.
The Lady Warriors defeated host Wilson Central 71-43 to complete a season sweep of the Lady Wildcats.
Riverdale’s aggressive defense ended the first half on a 14-0 run over the final 3:39 to take a commanding 39-23 lead.
“This is probably the quickest team we’ve had overall,” Riverdale girls coach Cory Barrett said. “Anastasia Hayes and Jasmyne Hurd are both lightning quick. We can put a lot of pressure on the ball.
“And we’ve got some good linebackers and good anticipators. We don’t have a lot of height, but we’re long. That helps, getting into the passing lanes or if we are pressing.”
Hayes led all scorers with 20 points. Freshmen Brinae Alexander and Alexis Whittington came off the bench to score 14 and 10 points respectively.
Riverdale (9-1) has won nine straight since its overtime loss to Central Magnet to open the season. Wilson Central, which is coached by former Riverdale girls coach John Wild, dropped to 7-4. All four of the Lady Wildcats losses are to Rutherford County teams.
Wilson Central also lost two to former District 9-AAA rival Smyrna.
Hayes, a transfer from Hendersonville, played most of the contest with a sprained ankle. She had to be helped off the court by an assistant.
However, she helped spearhead the Lady Warriors’ defense with several layups off steals.
“We have to press, and we know how important that is,” Hayes said. “We just hustle and try and get the ball.”
Kayla Jackson hit a game-high five 3-pointers and led Wilson Central with team-high 17 points. Kendall Spray added 11.
BoysWilson Central 51, Riverdale 50
Gentry Bonds’ halfcourt shot at the buzzer came up short to force a non-district split with the Wildcats.
Brad Woodson’s 3-pointer gave Riverdale (5-5) a 48-47 lead with 4:17 left before the Wildcats’ Zac Anderson gave Wilson Central (2-8) the lead for good with a layup with 1:40 left.
Nolan Chowbay then added two free throws to push the lead to 50-47 with 1:02 remaining.
Riverdale had a chance in the final 30 seconds. Woodson’s layup cut it to 51-50 with 30.4 seconds left. Riverdale got the ball back with 16 seconds left after a Wilson Central turnover.
The Warriors set up a play for Woodson with 2.5 seconds left, but a jump ball was called. Riverdale then got the ball back when it intercepted the inbound pass with .6 left.
Riverdale missed eight shots from inside four feet in the first quarter that kept the Warriors from pulling away early.
“In our practice (Monday), we had to get on the line because we weren’t focused hitting layups,” Riverdale coach Kevin Woodson said. “That’s the first thing I said when we got in (the locker room). I asked them, ‘What did I have to make you run today in practice?’ It was missing layups.
Woodson led Riverdale with 20 points. Johnathan Mathews added 12. Chowbay, who played quarterback for Mt. Juliet this past season before moving to the Wilson Central zone, led all scorers with 22 points.
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Girls Riverdale 71, Wilson Central 43Riverdale 17 22 13 19 – 71Wilson Central 11 12 11 9 – 43Riverdale: Hope Hinson 3, Jasmyne Hurd 8, Anastasia Hayes 20, Distiney Williams 6, Alexis Whittington 10, Brinae Alexander 14, Caroline Patrick 8, Daja Messenger 4.Wilson Central: Addison Byrd 8, Piper Elrod 2, Anna Altman 1, Kendall Spray 11, Nathalie Ventura 2, Kayla Jackson 17, Taylor Tucker 2.BoysWilson Central 51, Riverdale 50Riverdale 10 15 14 11 – 50Wilson Central 13 12 12 14 – 51Riverdale: Brad Woodson 20, Brandon Somerville 4, Kashka Edwards 2, Gentry Bonds 2, Sidney Bell 6, Johnathan Matthews 12, Anthony Wiggins 4.Wilson Central: Dez Mason 4, Dawson Hamilton 2, Nolan Chowbay 22, Adam Williams 4, Zac Anderson 11, Gavin Johnson 2, Cortez Owens 6.