Riverdale's basketball teams swept La Vergne Tuesday night at home as the girls won 64-17 and the boys 51-41.

The Lady Warriors were challenged for a quarter as they went on a quick run to grab a 12-4 lead, but by the end of the first eight minutes it was 17-9 Riverdale.

The next 16 minutes, La Vergne went on a huge scoring drought as it scored just four points. During that time, Riverdale built as much as a 40-point lead heading into the final quarter.

The mercy rule kicked in for the final stanza as neither team scored much and had their reserves in the ball game.

Riverdale was led by Acacia Hayes with 16 points, and post player Amyiah Morrow had 11.

Riverdale improved to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in District 7 play, while La Vergne fell 2-4 and 1-1.

"It is my senior year and I need to be the post player that I need to be," Morrow said. "I have to rebound and get the ball to the guards to open them up for good shots.

"If we stay together and do not take any days off, we can win the state this year."

La Vergne first-year coach Chelsia Lymon remained optimistic despite the loss.

"It is a long process," she said. "We have to trust the process. I want to see them give effort every opportunity we have to play. A losing mentality is just like a winning mentality."


LaVergne (17): Lamiya Massey-Withrow 6, Reagan Hagewood 3, Kori Grimes 3, Tiyana Condra 3, Ariyah Thomas 2.

Riverdale (64): Acacia Hayes 16, Amyiah Morrow 11, Garen Haney 9, Kelsie Prather 8, Lauren Hosford 8, TK Goff 5, Cordelia Damron 4, Ava McGue 2, Myajae Eubanks 1.


Riverdale 51, La Vergne 41

The boys game was much closer as Riverdale turned an early deficit into a lead by going on a 17-0 run in the first quarter.

The run was highlighted by two five-point plays -- the last one a basket and a rebound off a missed free throw, then pitching it out to the 3-point line where CJ Johnson nailed a triple to give the Warriors the lead.

The lead was nine for Riverdale at halftime before La Vergne battled back and cut the lead to one at 37-36 near the end of the third quarter. The Wolverines had a couple chances to tie or cut into the lead but missed layups, allowing Riverdale to take advantage on the other end.

The Warriors went on a 13-3 run, grabbing a double-digit lead en route to improving to 10-4 overall and 2-2 in district play.

"It was all our second five," Riverdale coach Michael Voss said. "We played well and played hard. We did what we talk about all the time. They came in and were ready to go."

Added La Vergne coach Tony Rutland: "I think Riverdale had 20 points off of turnovers. We executed very well and gave ourselves a chance, but we just ran out of gas."


LaVergne (41): Tony Nowlin 11, Javon Drake 10, Brennan Hagewood 10, Daunte White 6, Cam' ron McCullough 4.

Riverdale (51): Elijah Buckner 11, Damon Fann 10, CJ Johnson 10, Maddux Bodenhamer 9, Santonio McDaniel 3, Michael McClellan 3, Tre'Von Bass 3, Jamarius Ealy 2.

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