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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Big third quarter propels Riverview over Trenton (PHOTO)

Riverview's Kirsten Chambers (12) scored 21 points Tuesday night as the Bucs knocked off Trenton 48-36. Chambers had 12 of Riverview's 18 points in the third quarter. Photo by Larry Caruso

A big third quarter helped propel the Riverview girls’ basketball team over non-league Trenton in Tuesday’s season opener for each team.

The Bucs knocked off the visiting Trojans 48-36 in the team’s first time on the court all season.

Things stayed close in the first half and Trenton had a 6-2 lead almost halfway through the first quarter before a three pointer from Kirsten Chambers brought the game within one.

Riverview built a 9-6 lead but 20 seconds later Trenton’s Kaylie Crowell added a triple of her own for a tied game.

The Bucs took an 11-9 lead into the second quarter and led 24-21 at the half. In the second eight minutes Trenton’s Izzy Olds grabbed a rebound and took the ball down the court to tie the game at 15 and a triple from Aevah Hebda put the Trojans up 18-17.

It was the last time Trenton led as Riverview’s Andrea Machnacki knocked down a free throw for a tied game.

The Bucs took off in the third quarter, outscoring their opponent 18-10. Twelve of the points came from Chambers.

Riverview took a 29-24 lead before a free throw from Shelby Kohler tied things up at 29 but Riverview quickly regained the lead and never looked back.

The final quarter was a low-scoring affair but the Bucs edged the Trojans 6-5 for the win.

Chambers led all scorers on the night with 21 points. She finished the night three-for-four on free throws.

For Riverview, Macknacki finished with seven points and eight rebounds, Michala Burke had six points and seven rebounds and Anastasia Smith finished with six points and eight rebounds.

Trenton was led by Crowell with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Hebda finished with 10 points, including three triples and six rebounds and Briana Plonka had seven points.

Riverview Coach Marty Mucha was pleased with the win but said his team got off to a slow start and did not necessarily play smart at the beginning.

He credited that to not having played a preseason scrimmage.

“The girls I think had butterflies,” he said. “They didn’t scrimmage or anything this year yet so that was the first competition basically.

“I think we’ll improve.”

Mucha said some of the veterans will have to step up as the season progresses but was pleased with the effort of Chambers.

“She players hard and she’s quick,” he said. “She’s getting better everyday. They’re all getting better everyday.”

Trenton Coach Rob Sauter said his team is suffering from injuries but was proud of the effort those playing put in.

“Everybody deals with those things,” he said. “We just gotta get better everyday and hopefully we’ll learn from our mistakes today and we’ll get better for Thursday.”

The Trojans open their league season on Thursday against Taylor Truman, but Sauter says he can’t worry about the opponent.

“I can’t worry about any of our opponents,” he said. “I’ve just gotta worry about us and us getting better.

“It’s a process, but we’re coming along.”

The Bucs are back at home Friday for a contest against Dearborn Fordson.

Last Updated: 12/8/2013 12:57:05 PM EST

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