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Second half goes south for Pirates

Houston uses 33-8 run in final two quarters for win

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Riverside’s Brooke Hickey drives to the basket during Saturday’s Division IV sectional tournament game against Houston at Sidney High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

SIDNEY — Riverside had the Houston Wildcats right where it wanted them. Then the second half happened.

A 35-point loser to Houston during the regular season, the Pirates trailed by only two points at halftime against the Wildcats on Saturday in a Division IV girls sectional tournament opener.

The final two quarters had a drastically different outcome.

Houston caught fire to outscore Riverside 33-8 over the last 16 minutes of the game to cruise to a 49-22 victory.

“I applaud the effort of our girls,” said first-year Riverside coach Corey Britton. “We lost by 35 points to them two weeks ago. We never had a chance. Today, we were right there after two quarters.”

 

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