Report by Blake Smith
The Lady Katz took to the floor first in the second rematch of the season of last year’s state championship game.
Riverside executed their game plan well, controlling the clock and making shots on a majority of their possessions, while Melbourne struggled to find the net. For the first time in conference play this year, the Lady Katz trailed at the half, 23-17.
It took about five minutes in the third quarter, but the tide finally began to turn towards Melbourne, as the ladies cut an eight-point deficit down to one before allowing a late Riverside basket.
The fourth quarter was back and forth, with neither team able to separate.
The Lady Katz concerted on some late free throws and forced overtime. The extra period was just like the fourth, with both teams going back and forth with free throws, as no field goals were made in overtime.
Two late free throws from Kenley McCarn put Melbourne up by three, and a last-second half-court shot just missed, securing the Lady Bearkatz victory by a score of 47-45.
Kenley McCarn led the way for Melbourne with 15 points.
The senior boys took to the hardwood after, looking to complete the night’s four-game sweep.
It was a back and forth game early, but the Bearkatz continued to pull away time and time again after Riverside tried to make runs, never leading by less than three after the first quarter, eventually winning by a final score of 58-43.
Layton Hennings led the way for the Katz with 14 points, Roby Cooper added 13.