Blackman's girls ended Riverdale's 55-game District 7-AAA winning streak on Friday night with a 51-42 home victory.
The last time Riverdale lost to a district foe was on Feb. 20, 2015 against Oakland (63-50) in the league's district tournament. The Lady Blaze are now 7-0 in district play, while Riverdale is 6-1.
“To finally beat them (Riverdale) means a lot,” Blackman standout Iyana Moore said. “We’ve been playing some of those girls for a long time, and to come out and prove to everybody that we could beat them after all those hours we put in means a lot to us.”
The Lady Blaze led by as many as 10 early in the fourth period, but Riverdale clawed its way back to within four with one minute remaining. However, a strong finish allowed for the nine-point Blackman win.
“We just had to come together and say ‘we’re up, we got this’,” Moore said. “We called timeout and coach got us in the right place and we came out and played our game.”
The game pitted two of the area’s top players against each other in Moore and Riverdale’s Alasia Hayes, and the pair posted double-doubles. Moore had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Hayes had 23 and 10.
Riverdale’s Katelyn Worley also had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Other than that, it was abysmal shooting night in which Riverdale shot 25 percent with just 11 total field goals made, due mostly to an aggressive Blackman defense.
The Riverdale defense also played well as the teams combined for 20 turnovers, including five steals for the Warriors.
In the end, Blackman provided a bit more offensive support for Moore, namely Victoria Page and Joelle Patton with seven and eight points, respectively. Aaliyah Green added seven rebounds.
Blackman (51): Iyana Moore 24, Joelle Patton 8, Victoria Page 7, Aaliyah Green 5, Autumn Davis 3, Gracie Hamby 2, Kaylee Odom 2
Riverdale (42): Alasia Hayes 23, Katelyn Worley 11, Kelsie Prather 3, Ella Haney 2, TK Goff 2, Myajae Eubanks 1
Blackman 72, Riverdale 49
The Blaze (6-1) were on a mission after a heartbreaking loss to Oakland Tuesday, and Riverdale happened to be the first one to get in their way.
“We played with great spirit and energy tonight, which shows character after a tough loss,” Blackman coach Barry Wortman said. “We attacked the zone by sharing the ball and controlled the glass, which is two things we worked on for tonight.”
The Blaze out-rebounded the Warriors (2-5) by 12 and posted 20 assists on 32 field goals.
Jalen Stayton went for 16 points and seven boards to lead the Blaze, while TJ Cross added 12 points in the paint and Jalen Page grabbed 8 rebounds.
The Warriors were led by CJ Johnson and Javon Nelson, with 16 and 12, respectively.
Blackman (72): Jalen Stayton 16, Ray Tyler 15, TJ Cross 12, Jalen Page 9, Jacquari Johnson 8, Kailon Benton-Hamilton 6, Zoryn Harrington 4, Kenvarius Martin 2
Riverdale (49): CJ Johnson 16, Javon Nelson 12, Damon Fann 8, Preston Whittington 7, Santonio McDaniel 2, Kade Hewitt 2, Caleb Herring 2