MEMPHIS — After a dismal rebounding effort on Thursday, the Lady Raiders flipped the switch 24 hours later. Three Rivers went from grabbing 28 fewer rebounds against Lewis & Clark in Thursday's loss to grabbing 16 more rebounds than Wallace State on Friday and won 72-59. The win is Three Rivers' first since Dec. 8 and ends a three-game skid going back to before the Christmas break. It was also the Lady Raiders' final game before starting Region XVI play on Jan. 6 at Mineral Area. While the Lady Raiders (12-5) still had two fewer second-chance points than Wallace State, they shot 50 percent from the field. The Lady Raiders grabbed 11 offensive rebounds, two fewer than Wallace State had defensive rebounds. Sydni Williams had her third double-double of the season for Three Rivers with 15 points and 11 rebounds on 6 for 8 shooting. Williams had six offensive rebounds to lead the team. Three Rivers took the lead for good on two free throws by Hailee Erickson late in the third quarter. Ahead by four and two minutes into the fourth quarter, Williams made a jumper and Erickson soon followed with a 3. Lakeita Chappel made two free throws just inside the five minute mark to give the Lady Raiders their first double digit lead and they pushed the lead to as much as 14 in the closing minutes. Wallace State (10-4) scored six points in the final 5:49 of regulation. The Lady Raiders finished with five players in double figures, including two off the bench. After Williams, Kohler came off the bench with 13 points on 5 for 9 shooting to go with three rebounds and two assists. After missing five games in a row between mid-November and mid-December, Kohler is averaging 12.2 points and has scored in double figures in five straight games. She is averaging 12.6 points for the season. Markeia Porter also came off the bench to give Three Rivers 10 points and seven rebounds over 16 minutes on 4 for 5 shooting. Among the starters, Chappel had 12 points and DeNayia Holmes got 10. Every Lady Raider who played at least 10 minutes got a rebound. Three Rivers held Wallace State to 33.3 percent shooting and only three players shot 50 percent or better. Karlie Hudson and Gabby Hill led the team with 11 points each and Jada Golden came off the bench for 10 points.
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