By Joshua Kraeger
Special to the Daily
Riverdale came out strong Tuesday night at home against Creekside and the intensity never ceased as it defeated Creekside 65-53.
The Raiders came out running on the offensive end, and their energy was much needed as Creekside senior small forward Aaron Harrison seemed determined to have a career night. Harrison scored eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the first quarter alone, but his contributions were not quite enough as Riverdale clung to a slim 11-10 lead after the quarter.
The Seminoles attempted a comeback but the Raiders' defensive efforts were too much, as Riverdale added on to their lead and ended the half at 25-22.
The Seminoles seemed on the verge of another comeback, but Riverdale's backcourt hit shot after shot, netting them 20 of the 22 Raider points scored in the third quarter. Creekside only managed to score 15, and entered the final quarter facing a 10-point deficit, the largest of the game.
With a 10-point lead already under their belts, the Raiders kept to their game plan, moving the ball around, running down the clock and hitting their shots consistently. The Seminoles however, committed several costly turnovers, including a technical foul by Harrison which resulted in a three-point swing on the scoreboard.
Riverdale closed out Creekside's chances of winning by making its free throws and put a damper on a spectacular night by Harrison.
Harrison ended up with 21 points, 25 rebounds, four blocks and two steals but fouled out at the end of the game. Riverdale's leading scorer was junior point guard Dionte Agard, who netted 15 points. The Raiders had two others reach double figures as well.
Riverdale (11-7) travels to Jonesboro (14-3) Wednesday for an important region game. Creekside (2-11) will travel to North Clayton Friday night in search of a win to break its three-game losing streak.
Riverdale 44 Creekside 34 (girls)
Each team got off to a solid start but Riverdale took advantage of Creekside's short-handed roster, securing a 44-34 victory at home Tuesday night.
After one quarter, the Lady Raiders held a slim 13-10 lead, but they were able to pad their lead a tiny bit, heading into the half with the score 20-16 in favor of Riverdale.
In the second half, it was all about the Lady Raiders. The third quarter opened up with five straight points by Riverdale and the Lady Seminoles were unable to find an answer on defense, giving 10 points up and only scoring seven.
With the score at 30-23 after three quarters, the Lady Raiders outscored Creekside 14-11 to end the game, thanks to 12 straight points by senior shooting guard DeJenee Cummings.
Cummings ended the game with 16 points for Riverdale, while senior shooting guard Jasmine Barnes contributed eight points. The Lady Seminoles were led by sophomore shooting guard Tykeela Gray with 12 points and senior Alexis McCrary with eight points. McCrary went down hard after blocking a shot in the fourth quarter, and had to be carried off the court. She did not return to the game.
The Lady Raiders (6-9) broke their four-game losing streak and will look to keep winning when they travel to Jonesboro Wednesday night. Creekside (5-13) had its winning streak ended at three games and will look to start a new winning streak at North Clayton Friday night.