Siegel's boys broke open a tight game in the final quarter and pulled away to beat Riverdale 71-52 for their second straight District 7 win Saturday.
The game was close throughout until the Stars closed the fourth quarter by outscoring the Warriors by 15 points.
“Riverdale played harder than us for one half and challenged my team to answer,” Siegel head coach Dyron Birdwell said. “We started to run in transition and move the ball better. We played our pace and got the scoreboard into our favor.”
The Stars used a 21-6 fourth quarter run to defeat the Warriors. Matthew Schneider and Zion Swader spearheaded the Siegel attack — trading buckets between the two seniors in the opening minutes of the final frame.
“I had a mismatch in the post and hit a few shots to fall into a rhythm,” Schneider said. “
Riverdale held a four-point advantage at the half behind Damon Fann’s nine points off the bench. The Warriors shot 50 percent from the field in the first half despite being out rebounded.
“(Riverdale) played as a group together, hard and that makes them a tough team to stop,” Schneider said. “I think when we finally got the ball moving and got into transition. We started getting stops consistently and got in a rhythm on offense.”
Siegel opened the second half with a 14-4 run behind back-to-back threes from Martise Jackson. His perimeter shooting and 12 points combined with Schneider and Swader’s 19 and 18 points, respectively, proved to be too much for the Warriors.
RIVERDALE (52): Damon Fann 11, Elijah Buckner 10, Sneed Coleman 10, Maddox Bodenhamer 6, Santonio McDaniel 6, Trevon Bass 6, CJ Johnson 3
SIEGEL (71): Matthew Schneider 29, Zion Swader 18, Markise Jackson 12, Isiah Lightsy 5, Jaylan Wetzel 4, Michael Patterson 2, Vontorius Reed 1
Riverdale 68, Siegel 28
The Lady Warriors rolled in the second matchup of the afternoon. Acacia Hayes poured in 26 for Riverdale in their 68-28 victory. Hayes contributed 14 points in the third frame alone.
Riverdale’s Lauren Hosford, MJ Eubanks, and Garen Haney each contributed seven apiece in the effort. Siegel was led by Az Abell's 11.
RIVERDALE (68): Acacia Hayes 26, Lauren Hosford 7, MJ Eubanks 7, Garen Haney 7, Kelsie Prather 6, Amyiah Morrow 6, TK Goff 4, Chelsi Goodrich 2, Cordy Damron 2, Kyndall Grear 1
SIEGEL (28): Az Abell 11, Jasmine Sneed 7, Carrington Creast 4, Atira Davis 3, Erin Vanhook 2, Secret Grissom 1