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River Sports 12/20/12
Written by Jason Miller, Correspondent   
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:21 PM

With a home event on all weekdays, the Pilots had a busy week. Girls basketball played on Monday and Thursday night at home. Boys basketball played on Tuesday and Friday night in R.L. Potts gymnasium. The wrestling team had an in school meet on Wednesday, Dec. 12, before proceeding to a tournament at Barnesville on Friday and Saturday.

Home basketball games began when the girls team hosted Bridgeport. After being down 6-0 in the opening minutes, the Pilots took a one-point lead. They managed to hold this lead throughout most of the game. With 19.6 remaining, the Lady Pilots took a full timeout, trailing Bridgeport by the score of 43-42. Shortly after the timeout, they lost possession of the ball. After the change of possession, the Lady Pilots fouled. Bridgeport went on to make one of the two free throw attempts. River caught the rebounds and dribbled down the floor. They took another timeout to setup a play. Bridgeport committed their final foul before the bonus was 1.9 seconds remaining. River got the ball in play and took a three-point shot for the win. Unfortunately, they missed the shot, and River lost by the final score of 44-42.

Jenson Caretti, the leading scorer, had a double-double adding 12 points and 11 rebounds. Laken Ramsay contributed 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Emile Weaver scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Cassidy McCullough contributed 5 points and 2 rebounds. Haylee Bowers had 4 points, 2 rebounds and one assist.

The Pilots’ boys basketball team had their home opener against Fort Frye on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The Pilots began the game down 5-0. With the score of 7-6, they bounced back to bring the game within one point, before they tied the game at nine all with 2:45 remaining in the first quarter. The teams traded baskets, battling back and forth. At the half, the Cadets held onto a one-point lead: 24-23.

Early in the second half, the Pilots trailed 30-25, forcing Coach Romick to call a timeout. The team came out of the break to score a field goal. In the next possession, Cody Caldwell hit a three to tie the game at 30 points apiece. At the end of third quarter, River trailed 36-32.