Jackson eliminates Riverside

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 22, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / Febuary 22, 1999

RESERVE – Riverside hung tough early but the Jackson press proved too much in the second half as the Lady Chiefs eliminated the Lady Rebels from the Class 2A bi-district playoffs Thursday night, 59-27.

Jackson (16-8) jumped out to a 16-2 lead after the first quarter of play.

Riverside (20-9) rallied in the second quarter to pull to within 26-18 at halftime but a 19-0 run in the third quarter put the game away.

Michelle Millet led the Lady Rebels with 13 points. Crystal Rome tossed inanother 10 points.

Jackson was led by Nancy Elzy with 13 points. April Dyer added 12 pointswith Chassiti Butler and Kawanda Stewart chipping in with 10 points apiece.

Jackson advanced to the regional playoffs where it will host East Beauregard, a 62-53 winner over University Thursday night.

Riverside coach John McMillan said despite the loss, it was still a real good season for his team. The team (See RIVERSIDE, Page 2C) lost its second-leading scorer and one of its better ball handlers, Jennifer Guidry, to an injury early in the season but still became the first Riverside club to win 20 games. The Lady Rebels also made it to theplayoffs for the fourth-straight year, placing second in District 9-2A and had their third-straight winning season.

“I think overall it was a real good season,” McMillan said. “The kids playedhard every game. When we lost Jenny, the team responded tremendouslywell and beyond my expectations. The kids played some real close gamesand never gave up. They have a lot to be proud of. They did a lot of thingsthat had never been done before.”

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