No. 9 Patriots open big

Staff photo by Tom Graham

Rivet's Tia Tolbert drives against Evansville Harrison's Jada Morgan (1) and Alexa Mullins on Saturday at Ralph Holscher Gym. The senior surpassed 1,000 career points in the Patriots' 94-27 win.

Tolbert clears 1,000 points in lopsided win

It was Tia Tolbert's night, but Maddi Halter and Macee Hamilton were trying to get their share of the spotlight in Rivet's girls basketball opener Saturday.

Tolbert eclipsed 1,000 points for her career scoring a game-high 21, and the Class 2A No. 9 Patriots waxed Evansville Harrison, 94-27, at Ralph Holscher Gym.

The senior needed 12 points for the milestone and got to the total midway in the second quarter. The game was stopped at that point and coach Rick Marshall presented Tolbert with a commemorative basketball for the occasion as she received a standing ovation. She was strong throughout the game, hitting 8-of-11 shots.

"A lot of times when a kid know they need something like that, they press. But Tia took her time and let the game come to her. That's what I liked about it," Marshall said. "What a career that young lady has had and what a trooper she is. She's always playing with some type of pain.

"Tia's the ultimate team player. She knows she's going to draw a lot of attention this year, but she's worked hard on her game to get ready for it."

While Tolbert was productive throughout her three quarters of play, she had plenty of help from Halter and Hamilton, who had career-highs of 18 and 16 points. Hamilton's scoring was impressive, given the senior is known for her defense first and passing second. She hit all four of her 3-point attempts, including three in a 13-point first quarter. Hamilton also turned one of those into a rare four-point play.

Rivet was sharp from 3-point range, netting 10-of-22 attempts.

"For the first game to hit 10 threes, I'm thrilled especially in this gym. They've never hit 10 threes in this gym since I've been coach," Marshall said. "We couldn't hit the side of the barn a week ago, but we've worked hard on our 3s, our form and technique. I'm proud of the confidence they showed in their 3-pointers tonight.

"Macee shot like that this summer, but coming off of volleyball, she was rusty. I have to give a lot of credit to assistant coach Larry Knight, working with Macee to get more legs into her shot."

Lauren Carie also tied her career-high, scoring 10 to be the team's fourth double-figure scorer. Caroline Herman was close by with nine points.

Evansville Harrison, while a 4A school, hasn't won more than five games in a year since the 2014-15 season and was no match for the back-to-back Class A state runners-up.

Rivet forced the Warriors into 17 first-quarter turnovers and used an 18-point run to forge a 29-4 lead after one stanza. The hosts scored 29 consecutive points that spanned the first and second quarter to claim a 56-4 bulge. Harrison didn't score in the second quarter until 44 seconds were remaining in the half.

Jada Morgan had 17 points for the Warriors, who finished with 35 turnovers. Marshall said he didn't like the easy opener.

"I never like playing a game like this, but it was good to get some kids some experience, and see what some kids can do or not do," Marshall said. "I told them they needed to take this game from the get-go. Mentally they were focused."

The junior varsity Patriots won, 34-15. Kenadee Frey had 12 points, Kenzie Willis eight and Elise Lowe seven.

Rivet plays at Class 4A No. 10 Bedford North Lawrence at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

RIVET 94, EVANSVILLE HARRISON 27

GIRLS-SATURDAY

EVANSVILLE HARRISON

Mullins (f) 2-3 0-0 4, Willett (f) 0-2 1-2 1, Morgan (g) 5-11 7-9 17, Wright (g) 0-3 0-0 0, Wilson (g) 0-3 0-0 0, Farmer 0-0 1-2 1, Carroll 0-0 0-0 0, Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Outlaw 0-1 0-2 0, Thigpen 2-4 0-0 4. Totals: 9-27 9-15 27.

RIVET

Carie (c) 5-6 0-0 10, Hamilton (g) 5-7 2-2 16, Tolbert (g) 8-11 3-4 21, Halter (g) 8-17 0-0 18, Herman (g) 3-6 3-4 9, Weiss 1-1 4-6 6, Frey 1-6 0-0 3, Herman 0-0 2-2 2, Lowe 2-4 0-0 5, K.McGuire 0-1 0-0 0, A.McGuire 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 35-62 14-18 94.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Evansville Harrison|4-4-7-12 — 27

Rivet|29-27-28-10 — 94

3-pointers: Harrison 0-7 (Mullins 0-1, Wilson 0-2, Morgan 0-4), Rivet 10-22 (Hamilton 4-4, Tolbert 2-2, Halter 2-8, Lowe 1-2, Frey 1-4, C.Herman 0-2). Rebounds: Harrison 18, Rivet 23 (Carie 5). Turnovers: Harrison 35, Rivet 11. Fouls: Harrison 14, Rivet 14. JV: Rivet 34-15.

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