Lansdowne, VA (January 27, 2017) – As the regular season winds down, Riverside is in a battle for a top seed in the Conference 28 playoffs. Brentsville, the night’s opponent, sat on top of the standings with a 13-4 record while the Rams, Culpeper County and William Monroe are right on the Tigers’ tails. With only a few games left, a win or two for any one of these teams can completely rearrange the standings.
Chas Sumser, Viva Loudoun photographer, was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
As the starting lineups were read, I was reminded just how young is the Riverside team with sophomores and freshmen on the court for the Rams. On paper, Brentsville was clearly the more experienced team, and that difference showed early as the Tigers got out to an early eight-point lead. Even so, Riverside was able to narrow the margin to 10-6 by the end of the first quarter.
The most exciting moment of the game came when Riverside’s Elizabeth Suder nailed a half-court three-pointer as the clock ran out to give the Rams a surprising 20-19 lead at halftime.
While Riverside came out strong in the third quarter, they gradually wilted under intense Brentsville pressure. The Tigers outscored the Rams 12-5 in the third quarter and then extended the lead to gain an important road victory, 44-35.