STERLING -- Mick Kopriva is used to his Riverdale girls basketball team having an early lead.|
"For some reason, we have been starting really well," he said. "We've always gotten off to a good start."
Once again, the Rams did that as aquick start carried the top-seeded Rams to a 73-28 win over fourth-seeded West Carroll in the Class 2A Sterling Newman Regional semifinals on Wednesday night. Riverdale led 20-4 after the first quarter before turning it into a 43-13 halftime advantage.
"It's always nice to get one under the belt," Kopriva said. "Going in, we've played these teams before. We were pretty confident, but it's tournament time and everything's a little different."
The Rams (24-2) proved everything is pretty much the same. In winning their 15th consecutive game, they had three players score in double figures and another one add nine.Hannah Nimrick tallied a game-high 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Jess Corson and Lauren Claus each added 16, and Sydney Mericle contributed nine.
"We have four players averaging in double figures," Kopriva said. "They share the ball."
Riverdale also defended, holding West Carroll to 16 points through three quarters.
"We got quite a few turnovers and easy buckets," Kopriva said.
Next up for Riverdale is Sterling Newman in Friday's 7:30 p.m. championship game.
"It should be a good game," Kopriva said. "Plus, it's on their court, which gives them an advantage."
Sterling Newman 49, Fulton 29: The Fulton Steamers trailed 22-19 at halftime, but could not sustain the momentum in their regional semifinal loss. Fulton (10-20) scored 10 points in the second half.Morgan Sanquist led the Steamers with a game high-tying 15 points. Morgan Wierema added nine.
2A Kewanee Regional: The hosting Kewanee Boilermakers were eliminated from postseason play, falling to Peoria Christian, 55-52 in overtime. Kewanee (13-17) had Amber Jordan (16) and Eusebia Quintero (15) each score in double figures. However, Peoria Christian's Taylor Howard countered with a game-high 23 points to help turn away Kewanee's fourth-quarter rally. Howard scored six in the final period to help force overtime, then nailed a pair of free throws late in overtime to give the visitors the victory.
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