Holiday Invitational

Riverside battles past Hillside in 7th place game

Posted December 28, 2013

Riverside's Andrea'Anna Poole (3) brings the ball down the court during play at the final day of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational held at Cary Academy in Cary, N.C. between the Hillside Hornets and the Riverside Pirates on December 28, 2013.  Photo by Wes Hight.

In a fierce battle of PAC-6 foes, Durham Riverside staged a fourth quarter rally and scored with 9 seconds left to down Durham Hillside 52-51 in the 7th place game of the Mix 101.5 Girls Bracket in the 2013 HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational. 

Down 35-30 going into the fourth quarter, the Pirates rallied to take their first lead when sophomore Zaria Rodgers scored in the final three minutes. 

The sides traded baskets throughout the final two minutes, with Hillside taking a 51-50 lead with 19 seconds to play on a layup by senior Zuri White. Riverside answered with a layup of its own, as Andrea'Anna Poole snuck behind the Hillside defense to score the winning basket with 9 seconds to play. 

Hillside forward Justine Lyon got a look at the basket as time expired, but the shot came up short, giving Riverside the win over its rival and 7th place in the bracket.

Head coach Alicia Jones said she knew her team would be ready to play despite losing to West Forsyth and Dudley on the first two days of the HSOT Invite.

"I learned that my team has tenacity, fight, drive, passion and heart that I had not seen in a while," Jones said. "I told my girls that conference play started today. We played our conference rival Hillside, and we had played them in the Thanksgiving tournament

Poole, who struggled throughout and had not scored until hitting the game-winning layup, said she knew she had to finish in crunch time. 

"I had a rough game the whole game, so I had to finish the shot. I had to," Poole said.

Junior forward Mone Jones led the Pirates with 16 points, 5 blocks and 4 rebounds. Kiara Jacobs and Zaria Rodgers scored 10 points each, and Yakima Clifton added 9 points and 10 rebounds.

"We're used to the physical style of play against Hillside because we play them in conference play all the time," Mone Jones said. "We just had to fight through it, and we did that today." 

Up throughout much of the game, Hillside struggled to stop Riverside in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, giving up an 11-6 run to close the game. 

The Hornets were led by Lyon, who finished with a game-high 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Amanda Lawrence added 9 points and 7 rebounds. 

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