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GIRLS' DISTRICT BASKETBALL: Trenton avenges early sesaon loss to Riverview

In the first game of the season, the Riverview girls’ basketball team topped Trenton by a decent margin after a big third quarter.

Fast forward almost three months and the score is almost the same but the tables are turned in Monday night’s district opener.

Trenton used a big first quarter, and first half for that matter, to knock off Riverview 44-32, ending the Bucs’ season while the Trojans advanced to live another game.

Riverview took the first lead of the game a minute into the contest, but it was the only lead the team would managed all night.

They were held scoreless the next seven minutes while the Trojans put together an 11-point run for an 11-2 lead after the first quarter.

The Bucs rebounded point-wise in the second quarter, but the Trojans dominated the glass boards.

Aevah Hebda seemed to get her hands on almost every rebound on the night and finished with seven in the second quarter alone.

She finished the night with 15 boards to go with her 10 points for the double-double.

The Trojans continued to gut it out, dominating on the glass, getting the open looks and holding the Bucs at bay.

“They worked really hard and I thought our girls really stepped up defensively,” Coach Rob Sauter said. “I’m so proud of the effort of everybody.”

Trenton took care of things in the second for a 26-12 halftime lead before Riverview started to push its way back into the game.

The Bucs outscored Trenton 12-8 in the third quarter, led by a pair of triples from Haley Turner but still trailed 34-24 heading into the final eight minutes.

Then things got close a few times but Trenton came up with points each time to pull back away.

With just over five to play, Riverview’s Anastasia Smith sunk a field goal that put the game within two (37-32) but Trenton’s Izzy Olds put the Trojans back up with a triple and the defense kept the Bucs off the board the rest of the way.

Sauter was not concerned when the game got close and a timeout helped his team get back in.

“It was just the fact that we had to get out defensively,” he said. “We were a little tired and we were just kind of standing around a little bit; more than we had done the rest of the game and we just had to get back into it.”

Sauter said he was extremely pleased with his team’s win and advancement to Wednesday’s semifinal.

“They’ve just worked so hard all season,” he said about his squad. “I’m very, very proud of the effort; very happy with everybody.”

Kaylie Crowell led the Trojasn with 15 points, including going 6-for-10 from the charity stripe.

Shelby Kohler put up 10 points and brought down four boards and Olds finished with seven points and three rebounds.

Riverview was led by Michala Burke with 11 points and five rebounds.

Smith finished with eight points and five boards, Turner had six points and two rebounds and Hannah Love finished with two points and five rebounds.

“We didn’t come to play; that was it,” Riverview Coach Marty Mucha said after the loss.

With the win the Trojans advance to Wednesday’s semifinal against a very strong Anderson team.

“We’ve got another practice and we’ll just get ready to battle the bigs,” Sauter said. “They’ve a very, very good team and we can’t back down.”

Last Updated: 2/24/2014 11:42:36 PM EST

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