Eagles down Riverside

The Joseph boys basketball team picked up right where they left off last season playing their high-octane style of basketball to defeat Riverside 70-58 in preseason action at Joseph on Friday night.

The defending Wapiti League title holders dominated play throughout the first half of the contest to hold a 37-19 lead at the half.

Riverside gained some momentum in the third, taking the quarter 23-18, but Joseph remained in the driver's seat, holding on to their lead until the end of the game.

Cole Lathrop led the Eagles scoring with 25 points, completing 11 of 16 shots from the field. Eric Butterfield and Corey Otten scored 18 and 14 points respectively.

JHS boys 20 17 18 15 = 70

Riverside 8 11 23 16 = 58

Individual scoring:

Joseph: Otten 4(0) 6/13 14;Hayes 1(0) 2;Gorsline 0; Dotson 0; Hook 0; Layton 1(0)1/3 3; Gibbs 4 (0) 8; Butterfield 6 (0) 6/13 18; Lathrop 11(0) 3/10 25. Totals: 27 (0) 16/43 =70.

Riverside:Strebin 2 (0) 4;Wedding 2 (0) 4;Kegler 2 (0) 1/2 5; Reese 0 (4) 12; Richards 1 (0) 2; Beatty 2 (0) 4/5 8; Dirksen 2 (1) 2/4 9; Studer 4 (0) 2/4 10. Totals: 15(2)112/17 = 58.

Pirates down E-gals

The Pirates of Riverside defeated the Joseph girls 59-45 at Joseph Friday night in preseason action.

Joseph and Riverside played evenly in the first quarter with the Pirates taking a one point 16-15 advantage heading into the second period. The Pirates controlled the game at the half leading the Eagle 29-25. Joseph lost momentum in the third period as Riverside out scored the Blue and Gold 15-6 to hold a 45-31 lead heading into the final period of play. Both teams scored point for point in the final period to give Riverside the win at 59-45.

Anna Yost led the Eagles scoring with 18 points in the contest with Licia Miller and Mandi Moncrief rounding out the top Joseph scorers with 11 and ten points respectively.

Miller and moncrief also had eight rebounds each in the contest.

"I am very pleased with our first outing. We went a little cold in the 3rd quarter and didn't quite recover," said coach Wendy McDaniel. "The girls have been working very hard. There is a real cohesiveness with this team and they seem to have enjoyed the changes we have made in our program. We are probably more balanced than we have been in the past. It's going to be a fun year!"

Joseph - 15 10 6 14 = 45

Riverside - 16 14 15 14 = 59

Individual scoring:

Joseph: Marshall 1 (0) 2; Miller 4 (0) 2/3 10; Yost 6 (0) 6/12 18; Couch 4 (1) 0/1 11; Moncrief 1/2 1; Micka 1/2 1;

Butterfield 1 (0) 2.

Riverside: Mason 1 (0) 2; Turner 2 (0) 4; Gordanier 2 (0) 4/6 8; Hancock 3 (0) 2/2 8; Leon 3 (0) 6; J. Burns 5 (0) 2/4 12; A. Burns 2/3 2; Rogelslad 6 (0) 1/2 13; Matheney 2 (0) 4.

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