Riverside Captures Consolation Championship

Riverside (NC) defeated South Forsyth (GA) 78-76 in overtime to win the consolation bracket championship of the 2014 CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational.

Riverside (6-2; Durham, NC) tied the game at 67-67 with 49 seconds remaining in regulation on a layup by Sunterea Highsmith.  Riverside would survive to play the extra session when South Forsyth (11-2; Cumming, GA) missed on a jumper in the lane and the front ends of a pair of free throws in the final 28 seconds of play.

In the extra session, KK Storms game South Forsyth a 69-67 advantage just 12 seconds into overtime.  Riverside responded with eight unanswered points to open a 75-69 lead with 1:31 on the clock.  After trading baskets, Caroline Diem connected on a short jumper and then connected on a long 3-pointer from the corner to pull South Forsyth to withion one point at 77-76 with 24 seconds to play.  Storms had a chance to tie the game as she had a steal on the next possession but missed a jumper with eight seconds remaining.  Takwana Bland notched the final point for Riverside by connecting on one-of-two free throws with one second remaining and South Forsyth was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer sounded.

Riverside was led by Bland’s 26 points, while Kayla Jones added 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Knights.  South Forsyth was led by Sarah Myers’ 26 points.