Rain halts Riverside-WSJ

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 27, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / January 27, 1999

RESERVE – Rain drops, not jump shots were falling in Riverside’s gym Friday night, causing the Riverside-West St. John girls’ and boys’ games tobe postponed until a later date.

Heavy thunderstorms hit the River Parishes area around 6:30 p.m. Fridaynight just as the game between the Lady Rebels and Lady Rams had gotten started. With 6:31 left in the second quarter, West St. John’s IreonBethancourt slipped on a wet spot on the floor while coming into the game near the scorer’s table and play was stopped.

Towels and a water bucket were placed on the floor to catch the rain coming in from the roof but after an approximate 20-minute delay, the game officials called the game. The boys game that was to follow wasalso postponed.

The schools have not yet been notified when the games will be rescheduled. High school rules state that only two games can be played inone week but exceptions may be made for unusual circumstances.

The game between the Lady Rebels and Lady Rams will be picked up from the point that it was stopped. West St. John will have possession leading13-12 with the possession arrow in Riverside’s favor.

Riverside had jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first quarter. MichelleMillet scored on a layup and Jamie Cortez hit a jump shot before West St.

John scored its first points at the 3:52 mark on a layup by Hillary Howard.

Ashley Bourgeois answered by banking in a jump shot and Crystal Rome drove in to make it 8-2 with 2:53 left in the quarter.

After a jump shot by Millet, Crystal Stipe began the Lady Rams’ rally by hitting a jumper from the right base. On West St. John’s next possession,Stipe found Hillary underneath the basket. Howard scored and was fouled,hitting the free throw to cut the deficit to three. Millet followed with twofree throws to make it 12-7 at the end of the first eight minutes of play.

Stipe hit two free throws to open the scoring in the second quarter and followed with a drive from the right side. Janoll Morris hit a jumper fromthe right side on the Lady Rams’ next trip down the court to make it 13-12 with 7:06 left in the half.

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