POSEYVILLE — Freshman Arianna Gerkin scored 12 of her career-high 15 points in the first half, and Class 2A honorable mention Rivet used a balanced scoring attack and finished strong to dismantle North Posey, 55-33, for a girls basketball win Saturday.

Freshman Anna Herman also scored a career-best with 11 points to go with six rebounds, Meredith Weiss and Maddi Halter chipped in nine points each, and Kathryn Herman scored six. Weiss added five assists and Gerkin four steals.

Rivet (2-1) never trailed and created its separation in the second quarter. After carrying a 14-13 lead after one, the Patriots used an 18-8 second-period punch, and the margin didn't get under double figures the rest of the way.

“We were pretty balanced in our scoring. Ari and Anna kind of had their coming out parties,” Rivet coach Rick Marshall said. “Meredith and Maddi were solid, and we've been getting great minutes out of Kathryn. She's just a Johnny-on-the-spot and did a great job boxing out on the back side. With only 16 practices, we're improving every game, and hopefully we can continue that improvement.”

Rivet got off to a 9-2 start before the Vikings (0-4) closed within one by the end of the period. The margin was 32-21 at halftime, and a Halter 3-pointer, her third of the game, gave the Patriots their biggest lead at the time, 38-23, with just over five minutes left in the third. North Posey got the first hoop of the final stanza to get within 44-33, but the Rivet finished with an 11-0 run to account for the final margin.

Senior center Lauren Carie was limited to two points as she picked up two fouls early in the first quarter and rolled her ankle after returning early in the second half. She sat the rest of the game, but Marshall was hopefully she wouldn't miss any games.

Rivet's junior varsity (0-3) fell, 24-19. Reese McBee led the way with six points.

The Patriots entertain Shoals for a varsity-only contest at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

RIVET 55, NORTH POSEY 33

GIRLS-SATURDAY

RIVET

Weiss (f) 3 2-2 9, K. Herman (f) 2 2-2 6, Carie (c) 1 0-0 2, Halter (g) 3 0-0 9, Gerkin (g) 4 6-7 15, K. McGuire 0 0-0 0, Willis 0 0-0 0, Mills 0 0-0 0, Frey 0 3-4 3, A. McGuire 0 0-0 0, A. Herman 5 1-4 11, Spurgeon 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 14-19 55.

NORTH POSEY

Koester (f) 2 0-2 4, Heath (f) 0 2-4 2, Hall (g) 3 0-0 7, Elpers (g) 3 0-0 6, Crawford (g) 0 0-0 0, Je. Rhineburger 3 0-0 6, Kihn 0 0-0 0, Hallam 0 0-0 0, Ja. Rhineberger 0 0-0 0, Hodge 3 0-0 8, Blakenship 0 0-0 0, Bender 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 2-6 33.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Rivet |14-18-12-11 — 55

North Posey |13-8-10-2 — 33

3-pointers: Rivet 5 (Halter 3, Weiss, Gerkin), North Posey 3 (Hodge 2, Hall). Fouls: Rivet 8, North Posey 17. JV: North Posey 24-19.

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